Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining

Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers, rally at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

March 9, 2011 7:30:16 PM PST
The Wisconsin Senate succeeded in voting Wednesday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats and approve an explosive proposal that has rocked the state and unions nationwide.