Thousands of working familes will gather in Madison at 5 p.m. today and statewide for a rally to protest last night’s rigged vote in the state Senate to eliminate the rights of public employees to bargain for good middle-class jobs. If you live in Wisconsin, join the protest. Find out more here and check Twitter here and here.
After the vote last night, thousands of angry protesters descended on the Wisconsin state Capitol after the vote, forcing their way through doors, crawling through windows and jamming corridors. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO declared last night:
This will not stand. We are holding an emergency vigil at the Capitol in Madison tonight and a rally there first thing in the morning.
Marty Beil, executive director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, said Gov. Scott Walker and his Senate “cronies” had “turned our proud state of Wisconsin into a banana republic.”
“Senate Republicans have exercised the nuclear option to ram through their bill attacking Wisconsin’s working families in the dark of night,” said Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt.
Tonight’s events have demonstrated they will do or say anything to pass their extreme agenda that attacks Wisconsin’s working families.
By moving the collective bargaining portion of the bill out of the budget bill and into a separate one so as to vote on it without the larger Senate majority needed for a vote on the budget, Walker and the Republicans proved that taking away collective bargaining was not a way to address budget issues, as they’ve said. Instead, it’s blatant ideological attack on workers’ rights that had nothing to do with the budget.
In an interview on “The Ed Show” on MSNBC, members of the Wisconsin 14, who left the state and are now in Illinois, called the Republicans’ action an “affront to democracy” and vowed to challenge it in court as illegal and predicted that this latest ploy would “supercharge” recall drives against Republican legislators.