Governor Walker Proposes Huge Change For State Workers, Limits Collective Bargaining

Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 7:05 am

Gov. Scott Walker told the Associated Press that he will propose removing nearly all public employee collective bargaining rights to help plug a $3.6 billion budget hole. Walker will propose changing state law to remove the ability for public employees to negotiate on any issue except salary.

Walker has been very public in his desire to seek deep concessions from state workers.

He told The Associated Press on Thursday that no one should be surprised by the move that he is asking the Republican-controlled Legislature to approve next week given that he’d talked about doing it for two months.

He says the cuts are necessary to avoid up to 1,500 state employee layoffs.

The state faces a $137 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year that ends June 30.

Walker says he will call a special session of the Legislature today (Feb. 11) and ask them to pass his plan next week.

Walker plans to release his budget plan to the public today.

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