Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate today voted to strip public employees of a majority of their collective bargaining rights, according to a report from WCCO.
The move comes after almost a month of stalemate, during which Republicans waited for their Democratic colleagues to return to vote on the bill.
Wisconsin Senate rules require at least 20 senators be present to vote on a budget bill. Republicans broke up the larger budget bill, and voted to pass the individual proposal that removes public employees’ and ability to negotiate their benefits, pension, and most of their salaries.
In an attempt to impede the bill’s progress, all 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois three weeks ago.