Wisconsin debates union curbs
MADISON – The Wisconsin state Assembly yesterday opened debate on a Republican proposal to curb the power of public sector unions that has sparked mass demonstrations and a tense stand-off with Democrats.
Hundreds of protesters choked the Capitol halls, as they did last week, chanting, “It’s about rights, it’s not about money,” while others banged plastic pails outside in opposition.
The proposal, advanced by Republican Gov. Scott Walker as a way to cope with a $137 million state budget deficit, would strip most collective bargaining rights from many state workers.