Wis. lawmakers cut public worker bargaining rights

Union supporter Stanley Minnick of Madison, Wis., protests outside of the the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday morning March 10, 2011, in opposition to the governor's proposed budget to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

March 10, 2011 2:05:35 PM PST
Wisconsin lawmakers voted Thursday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from the state's public workers, ending a heated standoff over labor rights and delivering a key victory to Republicans who have targeted unions in efforts to slash government spending nationwide.