Public Workers Protest in Madison
February 17, 2011 9:30 AM Subscribe
Protests have erupted in Madison, Wisconsin
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where the Republican-controlled state legislature seems poised to pass a bill
championed by the newly elected Governor Scott Walker
that would strip collective bargaining rights (that is, unions) from public employees in order to combat the state's 137 million dollar budget deficit.
The exact size of the protests is still up for debate. The Wall Street Journal says around 10,000
, numbers from people in the crowd on twitter have pegged it at closer to three times that. Wednesday night, hundreds of people, mostly university students, slept in the rotunda of the capitol building after refusing to leave. Some Madison schools are closed for the second day in a row due to large-scale sickouts organized by teachers
Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald
, believes that the bill will pass in its current form sometime Thursday
, but if it does not, up to 6000 state employees could lose their jobs.
The large scale protests, currently in their third day, finally started to appear on the national radar
sometime Wednesday night.