Thursday, March 3, 2011

Walker's Deal: Take It or 1,500 Layoffs

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is promising his showdown with state and local workers comes tomorrow, standing by his ultimatum to fire 1,500 government employees if the unions don't forego collective bargaining rights. 

"I can't take any of that off the table," Walker said of his demands in an interview with the Associated Press.

The battle over workers rights have continued to escalate since both sides began arming for what is expected to be a viscous round of recall elections.

In another siogn of the bad blood, Wisconsin state Senate Republicans slapped a mostly symbolic $100-a-day fine on Democrats refuse to allow a vote on GOP Gov. Scott Walker's plan to take away state and local workers' rights to collective bargaining.

The GOP senators also want Wisconsin state police to cross into Illinois and take into custody the 14 Democrats who are hiding out. A police union official scoffed at the idea of using cops to wrangle the state lawmakers.

"The thought of using law enforcement officers to exercise force in order to achieve a political objective is insanely wrong and Wisconsin sorely needs reasonable solutions and not potentially dangerous political theatrics," said Wisconsin Professional Police Association Executive Director Jim Palmer.

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