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For a second straight day, thousands of Wisconsin public employees converged on the state capitol in Madison to protest Gov. Scott Walker's plan to close the state's projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall by increasing the cost of their pensions and health benefits and taking away their collective bargaining rights.
About 10,000 teachers, nurses, city workers and firefighters chanted "Kill the Bill" and held signs outside that said "Recall Walker," while others squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder inside the capitol rotunda as a key legislative panel held hearings on the bill.
Beyond eliminating collective bargaining rights, the bill would force public workers to pay half the cost of their pensions and at least 12.6% of their health-care coverage. ...
Under Mr. Walker's proposal, public-worker unions could still represent employees, but could not pursue pay increases above those pegged to the Consumer Price Index unless they were approved by a public referendum. Unions also could not force employees to pay dues and would have to hold votes once a year to stay organized.
the board of supervisors sucker-punched us by circumventing the bargaining process and shoved a 9% pay cut down our throats by way of furloughs and pension contribution cuts.
There's talk amongst the workers that we'll take our imposed, 10 non-paid furlough days ALL AT ONCE and see how the county and public would like to see essential county services SHUT DOWN for TWO freakin' weeks. See if they like THAT!