In Emails, Scott Walker Offers Deal on Union Rights
Wisconsin governor softens stance in emails to Dems
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2011 1:39 AM CST
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses the media.   (AP-Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

(Newser) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has told his state's missing Democrats that he's willing to make some changes to his plan to sharply restrict collective bargaining rights for public workers, according to emails released by his office. Walker has suggested a compromise that would allow bargaining over wages with no limit (his original plan banned negotiated salary increases beyond inflation), and bargaining over mandatory overtime, bonuses, hazardous duty pay, and classroom size for teachers, AP reports.

Some of the Senate Democrats who fled the state to prevent a quorum on Walker's "budget repair" bill say the proposed concessions are a good start, but they don't go far enough. "They were sort of bringing collective bargaining back from the grave," one senator tells the New York Times. The Democrats, who complain that Walker has released details of what were supposed to be private negotiations, say they're still not returning to Wisconsin.

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Mar 9, 2011 2:05 PM CST
Unfortunately Mr. Walker, you have proven you cannot be trusted. Your confession to David Koch about tricking the Democrats back into session and passing the bill proved that. How are you going to regain your credibility? Even if you regain your cred with the Dems, you'll lose it with your hard right wing facist anti-union corporate cronies. Man, it sucks to be you.
Mar 9, 2011 1:33 PM CST
He can't be trusted on any level. The entire bill should be re-written and put under the highest scrutiny.
Mar 9, 2011 12:23 PM CST
It's simple he's busted it's all over for Scott Walker, he was planning on a Sarah Palin, Michelle Backman popularity among the let the little people eat cake crowd (GOP) and it blew up in his face. This guy has never worked a day in his life and now he's running for his political life, good riddance! New Jerseys loud mouth fat boy is next. Don't Tread on Me.