Because Republicans don't negotiate with terrorists haha!! Just joking. But seriously, look how the union membership is acting! Literally like children, skipping school, running around in the streets. They have signs depicting him as Hitler, Mubarak, calling him a dictator, saying they need a Cairo style overthrow, a few even implying death threats. WHY would he sit down with any of them? And most of all, the union members are acting like this because of simply balancing a budget!!!???? The Gov is trying to avoid layoffs. He isn't crippling their work place. He isn't forcing them to work 80 hour weeks (like our military and police men often do). He isn't slashing their salary. He's simply asking them to pay 50% of what the private sector pays for it's benefits. They'll still pay 50% LESS than private sector pays. But these selfish, freedy, spoild union members decide to take to the streets like children and bring Madison to a near riot.