Wisconsin Senate passes public-sector union curbs

MADISON, Wis. - Republicans in the Wisconsin state Senate approved Governor Scott Walker's plan to curb the rights of public-sector unions on Wednesday, stripping out the parts that required the presence of their 14 absent Democratic colleagues.
In an 18-to-1 vote, the Senate approved the restrictions on collective bargaining by public employees that Walker has insisted are needed to help the state's cash-strapped municipalities deal with a projected $1.27 billion drop in state aid over the next two years.