Wisconsin passes anti-union law in labor rebuke

March 13, 2011 - 0:0

MADISON (Reuters) – The Wisconsin state Assembly on Thursday approved sweeping restrictions on public sector unions in a stinging rebuke of the labor movement that critics fear will encourage other states to follow.

After a short debate, the Republican-dominated Assembly voted 53-42 to limit government union bargaining rights to wages only and impose a series of other restrictions. Four Republicans joined Democrats in voting against.
The proposed law sparked fierce opposition from Democrats and labor unions across the nation and drew the largest demonstrations in Wisconsin since the Vietnam War.
Several thousand demonstrators furious about the proposal were massed outside the Capitol building and police blocked off streets surrounding the building.