Two lawmakers introduce collective bargaining restoration act

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MADISON -- Sunday, March 11th marks the first anniversary of the day Governor Scott Walker signed the budget repair bill into law. That bill included a ban on collective bargaining.

Now, two lawmakers are calling for its reversal.

Representative Mark Pocan and Senator Fred Risser introduced the collective bargaining restoration act. Both lawmakers say the state lost jobs, they believe, partly because of last year's labor unrest.

Some say employees lives were dramatically changed because of the new law. "I've watched it become destructive. I've watched people's lives fall apart. It's not necessary and it can't continue. This has taken the welfare and the well-being of so many families away," DHS employee Sheila Elis said.

Governor Walker has not directly responded to this act, but in his radio address Thursday he said jobs are his number one priority, and says he believes Wisconsin is headed in the right direction. Walker says 94 percent of Wisconsin employers agree with him.