On Sunday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker told Fox News Sunday:
“For us, this is about balancing the budget. We’ve got a $3.6 billion budget deficit. We are broke. Just like nearly every other state across the country, we’re broke. It’s about time somebody stood up and told the truth.”
A group of moderate Republicans have put together a proposal in hopes of getting at least one Democrat to the state Capitol.
The compromise, written by GOP Senator Dale Schultz, would eliminate most collective bargaining right for public employee unions but would reinstate them in 2013.
Todd Albaugh, chief of staff for Dale Schultz, told the Wall Street Journal the senator “is committed to find a way to preserve collective bargaining in the future.”
But Democrats and union officials are unlikely to accept the compromise, and 14 Democratic Senators are still in hiding and have vowed to remain AWOL until the governor caves in to their demands.
According to The National Review, one missing Democrat, Jon Erpenbach, told the Wisconsin State Journal:
“How long we stay out is totally up to the governor,” Erpenbach says from his Chicago hotel room. “There is a very serious offer on the table. If he says no to that, then that means his intent from the very beginning was to bust the public unions in Wisconsin.”
But the Governor called the union compromise a “red herring,” and is resolved to see his measure pass intact.
“We’re willing to take this as long as it takes because in the end we’re doing the right thing for Wisconsin,” Gov. Walker said Sunday.
Fox News reports that tolerance for the teacher’s strike is wearing thin.
Union officials responding to complaints by parents, have urged teachers to return to work Monday. Schools in some disctricts have been closed for days due to the protests.
As the country is feeling economic pressure and suffering from high unemployment, support for public sector unions is slipping.
Meanwhile, SEIU – one of the labor groups involved in the protest – is taking their act nationwide in an effort to show solidarity with the teachers in Wisconsin.
Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the state Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, according to Fox News.
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