THE BILL-The proposal backed by Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, would strip nearly all collective bargaining powers from most public employee unions, reports the New York Times. It would also impose cuts in state workers’ take-home pay--6 percent to 8 percent on average--by diverting more of their pay to finance health care and pension costs.


The Republican-controlled Assembly has passed the bill, but it is stalled in the Senate because the 14 Democratic senators have fled to Illinois to prevent a quorum. Union members and other protesters have for two weeks staged huge demonstrations against the bill around


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