Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker one year ago signed into law his plan to undermine collective bargaining rights and the uproar has been relentless. The recall petition brought in one million signatures, some having voted for Walker showing buyer’s remorse.
The ‘Reclaim Wisconsin March’ yesterday brought out the masses in protest of Walker’s efforts to butcher workers’ rights. Note that this was not what Walker campaigned on, but it was his first effort once obtaining office. In fact, his sleuth-like efforts in passing this law was so underhanded that the entire country took notice.
The Nation reports:
As the state prepares for a recall election that could remove Walker from the governorship — along with his lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators — tens of thousands of union activists and their supporters rallied once more Saturday at the state Capitol in Madison.
It was an epic turnout, estimated by Governor Walker’s Department of Administration at 35,000 and by organizers at closer to 60,000.
John Nichols reports that this was the largest reported gathering since the mass mobilizations of February and March, 2012.
“Look at what a difference a year makes,” declared Mary Kay Henry, the president of the Service Employees International Union, who marveled at the size of Saturday’s crowd of union members, farmers, small business owners, students and retirees that surrounded the Capitol. “Governor Walker and the Koch Brothers started something last year, but they’re not going to like how it ends. When it ends there is going to be a pro middle-class governor and lieutenant governor — and a pro-worker majority in the Senate.”
The division created by Gov. Walker has upset the middle class. His partisan politics have wreaked havoc on workers’ rights – even after promising to negotiate, he did not fulfill that vow.
Stand firm Wisconsin. Republicans that supported Walker now have changed positions with unfavorable statements on his agenda (read: Sarah Jones’ article at PoliticusUSA)
The pro-Walker support that showed up was a force of one. Only one supporter was spotted. Again, one person.
Tick tock Governor Walker. Your time is running out.
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