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Walker Warns Of Layoffs If Bill Doesn’t Pass

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 at 9:55 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that state employees could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week if a bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights isn’t passed soon.

Walker said in a statement to The Associated Press that the layoffs wouldn’t take effect immediately. He didn’t say which workers would be targeted.

Walker remains optimistic that it won’t have to come to that, saying: “Hopefully we don’t get to that point.”

Senate Democrats walked out last week rather than vote on Walker’s bill that would force public workers to pay more for their benefits. Those Democrats are reportedly staying in Illinois so they don’t have to vote on the bill.

Walker wants to eliminate collective bargaining for nearly all workers except concerning salary increases that aren’t greater than the Consumer Price Index.

The proposal, designed to help Wisconsin plug a projected $3.6 billion budget hole, has led to eight straight days of massive protests that grew as large as a reported 68,000 people on Saturday.

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