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Big union rally planned on Capitol Square on Saturday

Big union rally planned on Capitol Square on Saturday
BILL NOVAK | The Capital Times | bnovak@madison.com madison.com | (18) Comments | Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 8:45 am
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Families in town for college graduation ceremonies this weekend can check out or join protests at the State Capitol, where a big "We Are Wisconsin" rally is set for Saturday afternoon.
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO is calling on its union members to rally again against Gov. Scott Walker, the Republican-dominated Legislature and legislation drastically limiting collective bargaining for public workers.
The Saturday rally will begin with music at 2:30 p.m. and speakers at 3 p.m., on the State Street side of Capitol Square.
Busloads of protestors are scheduled to come to Madison for the Saturday rally, according to the AFL-CIO.
Buses are coming from all corners of Wisconsin, including Eau Claire, Wausau, Racine, Manitowoc and Milwaukee.
An email advisory from the AFL-CIO said the rally will show that the people want to deliver "a resounding message to stop the attacks on the middle class."
"Working families have joined together for three months and prevented Scott Walker's radical plan to take away workers rights for three months," the advisory said. "On Saturday, working families will join together to protest Walker's extreme agenda and budget proposals. The people of Wisconsin are as united and determined as ever. Their voices will not be silenced."
The first protest against Walker's union-busting proposals came on Feb. 14, with UW-Madison student workers rallying in the State Capitol Rotunda and at Gov. Walker's office doors on Valentine's Day.
The rallies ramped up both in size and noise in the weeks to come, with an estimated 70,000 people on Capitol Square for a rally on Feb. 26, and 85,000 to 100,000 on the square on March 12, the day after Walker signed the collective bargaining legislation.
The bill hasn't gone into effect yet, pending court challenges.
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Posted in Govt-and-politics on Friday, May 13, 2011 8:45 am Updated: 9:04 am. | Tags: Capitol Square Protests, Afl-cio, Scott Walker, Scott Walker Budget, Scott Walker Ct
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