MADISON, Wis. (WKOW, AP) -- Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach does not believe Senate Democrats will return to work unless Gov. Scott Walker demonstrates a willingness to negotiate on his plan to eliminate union rights for majority of public employees.
Sen. Erpenbach of Middleton said Sunday he is still at a Chicago hotel. He says Senate Democrats had a conference call Saturday night and remain united in their approach to try to slow down the bill.
He says the delay has allowed the public to become informed about the stakes of Walker's plan. He says unions agreed to make concessions on health care and pension benefits and now it is Walker's turn to compromise and back off his plan to take away their ability to collectively bargain for benefits and working conditions.
MADISON (WKOW) -- State Senator Jon Erpenbach on Gov. Scott Walker's latest release:
"There is a legitimate and serious offer on the table from local, state, and school public employees that balances Governor Walker's budget. It would appear that Governor Walker's only target is the destruction of collective bargaining rights and not solving the state's budget."
MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach released this statement Saturday morning:
"I have been informed that all state and local public employees – including teachers - have agreed to the financial aspects of Governor Walker's request. This includes Walker's requested concessions on public employee health care and pension. In return they ask only that the provisions that deny their right to collectively bargain are removed. This will solve the budget challenge."
"This is a real opportunity for us to come together and resolve the issue and move on. It is incumbent upon Governor Walker to seriously consider and hopefully accept this offer as soon as possible."