Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wisconsin Union Protests - #2706 - VIDEO: Breaking - WISCONSIN SENATE PASSES COLLECTIVE BARGAINING BILL - Update: Democrat Senators Planning to Return Tomorrow - Hot Air (2) Senate GOP Introduces National Open Shop - National Right to Work Act (3) Spreading: Idaho lawmakers Approve Bill Restricting Teachers Unions - The Blaze


Update: Via Breitbart, here’s Fizgerald earlier today suggesting that the White House might be coordinating the recall efforts against Wisconsin state senators.
A source confirmed to WISC-TV that Republican senators intend to remove fiscal portions of the budget bill in order to pass it without Democratic senators. I read a quote from senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald somewhere earlier today lamenting that he’d run out of options to try to entice the fugitive Dems back. They weren’t willing to make any deals, they weren’t cowed into coming home by the imposition of daily fines, so there’s nothing left to be done except take away their reason for staying away....... Update: NBC reports that the conference committee has already approved the new split-off collective bargaining bill. Now it’s on to the senate for a vote; the GOP-controlled assembly will vote on it tomorrow.......Republican senators quickly assembled at 4 p.m. to send the bill to a conference committee, which convenes at 6 p.m. They largely declined comment after the meeting........Update: And just like that, the deed is done: In 18-1 vote, Wis. Senate approves bill to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights  Read more.......

Senate GOP Introduces National Open Shop Bill - National Right to Work Act - Hot Air - In the last session of Congress, Democrats eventually retreated from Card Check despite holding large majorities in both chambers, with a President in the White House willing to sign it. Senate Republicans in this session of Congress appear less tentative in pursuing their own version of labor reform. Piggybacking off of Scott Walker’s efforts in Wisconsin, eight Republicans introduced the National Right to Work Act which would end closed shops throughout the nation:  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), introduced the National Right to Work Act to “reduce workplace discrimination by protecting the free choice of individuals to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities,” according to a statement.  Seven other Republicans signed onto the effort: Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.), James Risch (Idaho), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and David Vitter (La.).  Read more........

Spreading: Idaho Lawmakers Approve Bill Restricting Teachers Unions - The Blaze - A bill that would phase out tenure for new teachers and restrict collective bargaining on their salaries and benefits is on its way to the Idaho governor. The GOP-backed measure cleared its final hurdle Tuesday in the state Legislature, where it passed the Idaho House on a 48-22 vote. Nine Republicans crossed party lines to oppose the bill. Supporters say the plan will give more power to Idaho’s locally elected school boards in labor relations issues. Opponents say it’s a slap in the face to teachers and a mean-spirited move to dismantle their union.  Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has backed the education reforms.  Read more.........

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