Barrett, Falk differ on collective bargaining

Published On: Apr 12 2012 08:10:38 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 12 2012 08:07:04 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic candidates for governor Kathleen Falk and Tom Barrett disagree on the best way to restore collective bargaining rights for public workers.

Falk and Barrett outlined their differing positions at a candidate forum Wednesday in Madison.

Falk has pledged to veto the state budget unless it restores the bargaining rights taken away last year under a proposal by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

But Barrett says that tactic won't work as it will create a stalemate if Republicans control either house of the Legislature, leaving Walker's budget in place indefinitely.

Barrett says he supports calling a special session of the Legislature, introducing a new bill, and trying to pass it that way.

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and Secretary of State Doug La Follette also attended the forum that attracted hundreds.