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MADISON -- As the Wisconsin legislature battles state unions over collective bargaining, a coalition of teachers, police officers and firefighters have added Kwik Trip Inc. to its boycott list, the Journal-Sentinel reported.
Initially, the coalition said it would boycott M&I Bank if it did not publicly oppose Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to limit collective bargaining for public workers. The group has said its members will begin boycotting Kwik Trip and M&I Bank on March 17 if they do not voice opposition to the governor's plan.
Included in the coalition are unions representing the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 311, Madison Teachers Inc. Green Bay Education Association, Dane County Deputy Sheriff's Association and the Madison Professional Police Officers Association.
The boycott threat comes as both the state Senate and Assembly passed a bill that curtails the bargaining rights of most state workers. The Senate approved the measure on Wednesday night, with the Assembly approving it Thursday.
Union members are not the only people in Wisconsin opposed to the bid to curb collective bargaining. The Senate Democrats fled the state last month to prevent the legislative body from having a quorum to vote on the measure. However, the Senate Republicans stripped all spending components from the original proposal which enabled the legislators to pass the measure with fewer votes, according to CNN.com.