Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the Labor Bill into Law Friday and recinded layoff notices.
FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper has more from Madison, Wisconsin:
By a vote of 53 to 42, the Wisconsin State Assembly voted Thursday to remove nearly all of the collective bargaining rights from the State's Public workforce. 1 Independent voted YES, 1 Republican with an excused absence, 4 Republicans voted NO to the measure.
Listen HERE to Protesters at the Wisconsin State Capitol Building reacting to the vote:
This is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's statement on the Assembly Action:
I applaud all members of the Assembly for showing up, debating the legislation and participating in democracy. Their action will save jobs, protect taxpayers, reform government, and help balance the budget. Moving forward we will continue to focus on ensuring Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs.
This is Wisconsin State Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca's Statement on the vote:
Gov. Walker forwarded this bill claiming it was about resolving fiscal problems and what the Republican majority passed today proves that was a lie. What passed does not address fiscal issues - items such as debt restructuring were removed, yet that is what Gov. Walker claimed was most important to avoid layoffs.
The manner in which this bill has been rammed through without negotiation is egregious, but those abuses pale in comparison to the disastrous impact this bill and the proposed budget will have on our quality of life in Wisconsin.
Poll after poll has shown that the people of Wisconsin are adamantly against ending workers' rights. Wednesday, Sen. Fitzgerald, in a television appearance, admitted that stripping workers of their rights was an attempt to help defeat President Obama in Wisconsin.
Republicans are willing to roll back 50 years of labor law, strip hundreds of thousands of working families of their workplace protections and break the rules of the legislature and laws of the state-all in pursuit of a political win.
This is not only an attack on workers - it's an attack on Wisconsin values. The upcoming debate on the biennial budget will showcase a continued Republican attack that threatens to destroy our quality of life in Wisconsin. That is why we have been fighting for the people of Wisconsin in every way we can. And regardless of what happened today - we will continue that fight for the people of Wisconsin until we win.