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Friday, February 20, 2015

 12:34 PM 

Fitzgerald: Police, fire won't be part of right-to-work bill

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said police and firefighters won't be included in the right-to-work legislation his chamber plans to take up next week.

Police and fire were not impacted by the guv's collective bargaining changes four years ago, but Fitzgerald said some of his members felt there was already a natural migration toward concessions mandated for other public employees under Act 10. Thus, members didn't feel it necessary to include them in the legislation, which will not include carve outs for other unions.

Fitzgerald said he hoped the legislation would be out today, but said it could be as late as Monday before it's released. A ballot will be circulated Monday morning for members of Senate Org to vote on taking up the legislation.

Fitzgerald said he spoke with Gov. Scott Walker earlier this week about the bill, and the guv was supportive. He also said the chamber is moving on right-to-work now because he just this week got confirmation he had 17 votes and "when you have the votes, you go to the floor. You don't wait around."

Fitzgerald also said he'd heard rumblings his members may be targeted by TV ads trying to persuade them to oppose the bill and acknowledged fears some may change their minds about the legislation.

"I lay awake at night losing sleep over that all the time," Fitzgerald said.



Comments: 1

At February 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM, Blogger JB said...

"His" members should be targeted by ads, as should Big Fitz himself. And now he says the bill may not be ready until Monday? This is not governing, this is bullying.

 

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