Protesters around the US Support Wisconsin Unions
As thousands of protesters rally at the Wisconsin Capitol, there were several protests held across the U.S. in support of the union workers in Wisconsin. They let their voice heard to fight against the Republican-backed legislation that’s anti-union.
The protest in Wisconsin is already in its 12th day and it has attracted the largest crowd yet. It is estimated that at least 70,000 protesters were at hand and the crowd has already spilled into the city streets. People are calling Walker a parasite and demanded him to resign.
The protests were triggered by Republican Governor Scott Walker’s bill that strips public workers’ right to collectively bargain on benefits and work conditions. Walker stated that the bill will decrease the $3.6 billion deficit in the budget. He said when local governments would have more flexibility to work on their budgets despite the cuts when they’re free from collective bargaining.
In Columbus, Ohio lawmakers are considering to draft a similar bill. People gathered to rally against the proposed bill. In Indiana, the Republicans tried to pass a bill that would ban union membership as a condition of employment by the Democrats successfully blocked it. Other capital cities where protesters gathered are Topeka, Kansas; Olympia, Washington; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.