Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s bill prohibiting the collective bargaining power of Wisconsin public employees unrelated to wage issues is being met with heavy criticism. Protests continued for the sixth straight day in Madison on Sunday.
State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the protests would not influence the passage of the bill, which Walker said is needed to deal with a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall. Fourteen state Senate Democrats left Wisconsin on Thursday so a vote could not take place and refuse to return until Walker will negotiate on the bill, according to CNN.
The bill also requires government workers to put 5.8 percent of their pay into pensions and pay at least 12.6 percent of health care premiums, according to The New York Times. Union leaders have said they will agree to these measures if their collective bargaining rights are not cut.
On the other side of the issue, many tea party members showed their support for Walker’s bill at a rally on Saturday. They argued the bill is needed to cut spending and said that many employees in other sectors of work have seen increases in their pension and health care costs.
With whom do you side? Should the Republicans negotiate with those who oppose the bill?