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On Wisconsin: Antiunion Measures in Madison Spur Local, National Democracy Protests

Solidarity foreverOn February 15, 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker proposed a bill to remove collective bargaining rights and reduce pay and benefits for Wisconsin public sector unions. That proposal spurred growing protests at the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin ever since, and an evacuation by fourteen Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate (the "Wisconsin 14") to block a quorum needed for a vote. Solidarity protests in support of Wisconsin workers also grew, as did sister protests against similar anti-union measures in other states.

On March 10, 2011, the Wisconsin Senate approved on a variation of the bill which didn't require a quorum, which was later signed into law. Despite the questionable (and possibly illegal) maneuver and a homecoming by the Wisconsin 14, massive protests in Madison will continue and more are planned.

Indymedia Coverage: Wisconsin Solidarity Rally in Chicago | Labor leaders drag out Jesse Jackson, intensify efforts to temper Wisconsin protests | Photos from Madison Capital Protest | Video: IVAW member Derek Griffin on Walker's Threat to use the National Guard | How Can We Win in Wisconsin? Pics and Analysis from Today's Protest

Updates: Wisconsin Gov. Bans Collective Bargaining for Public Sector Employees | Call to act in support of Wisconsin Workers and Students | Workers Mobilize & Power to Defeat Union Busting Bill | The Wisconsin Uprising | Union leaders want to limit the goals as Wisconsin protests grow | On Wisconsin! First of May Anarchist Alliance Statement | Tempers Explode as Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bill Taking Away Union Rights | Wisconsin State Assembly passes anti-worker bill | Live video coverage from people in Madison, WI statehouse | No Concessions Emergency Meeting in Madison - Labor Beat | Police Shut Down WI Capitol as Walker Proposes Massive Upward Redistribution of State's Wealth

Commentary: Egypt's Spirit Lands in Wisconsin | U.S. Workers: Resurging or Waging a Rearguard Action? | Wisconsin: Epicenter of the Battle Over Workers' Rights | How to win in Wisconsin and beyond | To win, prepare to strike Wisconsin! | Tea Party Stooges Join Wisconsin Protests | Where did the money go Gov. Walker? | Wisconsin: Ground Zero to Save Public Worker Rights | Union Busting in America | Wisconsin Courage | Wisconsin's Spirit: Courage for other states to emulate | Hidden Provisions in Wisconsin Bill | Wisconsin Unions Vote to Prepare a General Strike: The Time To Act is Now | Why all workers should support unions | Spreading Activism for Change | Reactionary Extremism in Wisconsin and Ohio | Waging War on Working Americans | Can Historic Wisconsin Pro-Union Protests Re-energize U.S. Labor, Progressive Movements? | Corporate Coup D'Etat in Wisconsin | Battleground Wisconsin: Corporate Power vs. Worker Rights

Additional Coverage: ZNet | Democracy Now!


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