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Eau Claire city council approves resolution objecting parts of state budget

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - Governor Scott Walker says the state is broke. His budget repair bill would strip most state employees of their collective bargaining rights.

They would have to pay more for their healthcare and pay in more to their pensions. Walker says this has to be done to avoid sweeping layoffs across the state.

Now, Eau Claire's City Council wants to send word to the governor they are against taking away collective bargaining rights of employees.

At a special session Tuesday night, the council unanimously approved a resolution objecting to certain parts of the proposed state budget. Those provisions include taking away the rights of most workers to negotiate anything other than their wages. Council members said it's not necessary to strip workers of those rights.

"I would like to see a budget repair bill that repairs the budget. I think this bill does far more than that. We, at the local level, didn't ask to have our employees stripped of our collective bargaining rights. Yet, here we are, having it imposed upon us," says Eau Claire City Council Member Thomas Kemp.

The city plans on sending the resolution to legislators and the governor in Madison immediately. There was standing room only for citizens at Tuesday's special session.

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