Though stripped of its financial provisions, the bill Gov. Scott Walker signed Friday is a setback for public-employee unions in Wisconsin. Here's how it affects unions and their members.
March 11, 2011- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed a controversial bill Friday that removes bargaining powers from public-sector labor unions in the state.
The measure doesn't include everything Governor Walker has been pushing for.
In order to pass the bill, in the absence of Senate Democrats who fled the state, Republicans removed some provisions of Walker's bill that affect state spending directly. This was a tactical move to pass the bill without a quorum, which is required for budget matters.
But the measure contains the major elements that stirred outrage against Walker by union workers and many other Wisconsin citizens. Those same elements put Wisconsin in the national spotlight as a test of whether public-sector unions can retain their clout in an era of tight state budgets.