A Wisconsin union leader is upset over what his members are being asked to give up, to help balance the state budget.
Governor Doyle says there will have to be harsh sacrifices as the state deals with a deficit that now tops $6 billion. He's suggesting unions give up an already approved two-percent pay raise to reduce the number of lay-offs that are coming. By doing so, Doyle says nearly 400 jobs could be spared.
Wisconsin Teachers Federation President Bryan Kennedy doesn't appreciate the governor's comments. He says it feels like blackmail, by making the unions shoulder the burden of a hard choice. Kennedy says the governor is singling out unions with his plan.
Instead of giving up the pay hike, Kennedy wants the administration to cut back on private contracting for state work.