Firefighters Show Up in Solidarity with Other Public Workers

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    Gov. Scott Walker exempted police and firefighters unions (for the time being?) from provisions of his budget repair bill that would take away most collective bargaining rights from public employees. One of the most moving parts of today's protest rally at the Capitol Square was the large number of firefighters from Madison and elsewhere -- not directly affected by the proposed legislation -- who showed up to support their union brothers and sisters. The Dept. of Administration estimated that 10,000 people -- many busing in from cities and towns all over the state -- were outside the Capitol today, with another 3,000 inside, where the Joint Finance Committee was holding hearings on the bill. The rally was a powerful expression of opposition to Walker's high-handed, dictatorial approach to collective bargaining.

    jfsebastian2, m. t. sullivan, and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Aunt Teena 39 months ago | reply

      I'm glad he's not my governor.

    2. ken_dozo 39 months ago | reply

      Glad to see this. Good that you were there.

    3. shiphome 38 months ago | reply

      I would say that the world is watching... except that they are not. Without MSNBC or the internet, I would not even know that this is happening.

      It is truly shameful that the mainstream media has so far chosen to ignore this story. And very telling as well.

    4. Gamma Infinity 38 months ago | reply

      I think it's starting to cross over. Glenn Beck has accused it of being directed by foreign Muslim extremists, and the occasional footage of people in the Rotunda is turning up.

    5. ken_dozo 38 months ago | reply

      Ed Schultz in Madison today, a spot on Chris Matthews, Still only MSNBC. Obama mumbled something.. #wisconsin, #madison gaining traction on Twitter, 25,000 people today, family and friends sleeping in the Capitol.

    6. Bruce Alexander 38 months ago | reply

      It is being covered tonight by PBS.

      I thought we had it rough here in British Columbia, hell, we have it differently worse here in BC.

    7. cndewald 38 months ago | reply

      Please consider adding this photo to the group Madison Rally Feb 2011

      Lets get all the rally pictures together in one place so that the world can see what it was like for those of us who were there!

    8. blueCHEDDAR 37 months ago | reply

      Nice capture.

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