Perfectly illustrating the problems faced when government employees can hold the public hostage to collective bargaining, Wisconsin’s Democrat legislatures have fled the state and are cowering at a resort in Illinois rather than lose a vote. They have since called CNN with a list of demands they say must be met before they return to work.
UPDATE: I propose we call the movement to create public bankruptcy via obscene deals with public unions “Flee Baggers.”
The Democrats went AWOL rather than allowing a vote that would bring the compensation packages of their public sector union cronies in line with employees working in the private sector.
The lawmakers are in the Best Western Clock Tower in Rockford Illinois.
Law enforcement officials have been looking for at least one Democratic senator to bring in for a quorum required for a fiscal measure, but Democratic Senator Jon Erpenbach confirmed to Newsradio 620 WTMJ that he and all of his Democratic colleagues boarded a bus and left the state.
“We’re not in Wisconsin right now,” Erpenbach said. “The reason why we’re doing this is because there are some jurisdictional issues that we’d be dealing with.”
State Senator Mark Miller called CNN with a list of demands from his hiding place in Illinois.
Miller’s demands focused on the collective bargaining portions of the bill.
“We demand that the provisions that completely eliminate the ability of workers… to negotiate on a fair basis with their employers be removed from the budget repair bill and any other future budget,” Miller said.
He also demanded legislative oversight on changes to the state’s medical programs, which are targeted for changes in the bill. The bill would also require union members to contribute to their health care and pensions.
He also requested a helicopter and two cases of Ho-Hos.
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