Wis. Senate leader says he won’t negotiate
“Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says a bill taking away collective bargaining rights from public employees is not negotiable and will pass as is.
“Democrats and union leaders say they’re willing to agree to parts of the proposal that would double their health insurance contributions and require them to contribute 5.8 percent of their salary to their pensions. But they want to keep their collective bargaining rights.
“But Fitzgerald said Saturday terms of the bill are not negotiable. He is calling on Democrats who left town Thursday to return to take up the bill.
Pro-labor protesters in Wis. aim to keep the peace
By DINESH RAMDE
A birthplace of the progressive movement is crackling with a fervor not seen in decades, as students from the famously liberal University of Wisconsin team up with unionized state workers for demonstrations against changes to collective bargaining rights pushed by the state’s new Republican governor. The biggest rally yet is expected Saturday, along with an influx of conservative counter-protesters.