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Statement on Wisconsin Senate’s Vote to End Collective Bargaining for Public Employees

March 10, 2011

Zoe Bridges-Curry
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Washington, D.C. – Last night, Wisconsin State Senate Republicans rammed through a bill that effectively strips the state’s public employees of their right to collectively bargain, ignoring five decades of precedent and overwhelming public opposition to their efforts.

Following last night’s vote, American Rights at Work Executive Director Kimberly Freeman Brown issued the following statement:

“To pass this legislation without quorum, legislators had to remove any part of the bill that involved spending. So if there are any lingering doubts about the true intent of Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts, they’ve been answered. It’s 100 percent clear that this attack on hardworking public employees was never about a fiscal crisis—it was about unionbusting, plain and simple.

This partisan assault on the teachers, nurses, and first responders who provide critical services to their communities creates no jobs, no prosperity, and no progress. It merely weakens one of the few remaining checks on corporate interests. But Americans don’t give up that easily. The struggle to restore balance to our economy and rebuild the middle class is just beginning.”

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