Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening.
While hundreds of people protested on the sidewalk, a maintenance worker with Urban Land Interests stood Thursday outside the building housing the lobbying offices of Koch Industries, Inc. A security guard stood inside.
Here’s a thought: maybe Madison, Wis., isn’t Cairo after all. Maybe it’s Baghdad — specifically, Baghdad in 2003, when the Bush administration put Iraq under the rule of officials chosen for loyalty and political reliability rather than experience and competence.
MADISON, WIS -- For the past ten days, tens of thousands of union protesters have swarmed the state capitol building in Madison, Wis. to protest Republican Governor Scott Walker's proposal to yank collective bargaining rights from some public-sector unions.
Feb. 22, 2011 - Day 9 of the worker's rights protests in Madison, WI: The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Tammy Baldwin march in solidarity with firefighters and others gathered in the capitol rotunda, then speak to the gathered crowd. Video by Dane101's Emily Mills.
When the Wisconsin Wave demonstrates outside Monona Terrace Convention Center Wednesday against Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill at a conference of the business lobbying group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, standing shoulder to shoulder in the wave will be people from local grass-roots groups that work to empower the working poor.
Madison — Gov. Scott Walker, believing he was talking to prominent financial backer David Koch, revealed to a Buffalo, N.Y., blogger Tuesday his strategies to deal with public-sector unions and to lure Democrats boycotting the Senate back to Wisconsin.
Standing in front of American and Wisconsin flags, former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello played to an audience of 4,000 Monday at Monona Terrace at a performance set up by AFSCME to oppose the budget repair bill.
Assembly Republicans didn't stray from the party message Tuesday, telling dozens of reporters packed inside a Capitol hearing room that the state is broke and, despite the tens of thousands of protesters, say a majority of Wisconsin is behind them.
WASHINGTON — Among the thousands of demonstrators who jammed the Wisconsin State Capitol grounds this weekend was a well-financed advocate from Washington who was there to voice praise for cutting state spending by slashing union benefits and bargaining rights.
At least 55,000 demonstrators have taken to the streets of Madison, the capital of the US state of Wisconsin, where supporters of legislation to reduce public employee union bargaining power were outnumbered by their opponents.
Last week, in the face of protest demonstrations against Wisconsin’s new union-busting governor, Scott Walker — demonstrations that continued through the weekend, with huge crowds on Saturday — Representative Paul Ryan made an unintentionally apt comparison: “It’s like Cairo has moved to Madison.”
4:31 p.m.:State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, says from his Chicago hotel room this afternoon that he and 13 other Democratic senators are willing to remain missing as long as Gov. Scott Walker refuses to budge on his proposal to eliminate collective bargaining for public employees.
Hurrying to approve contracts for Madison workers before Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget repair bill can be enacted, the City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to extend a number of the city's collective bargaining agreements to the end of 2012.
The gambit by 14 Democratic state senators to leave the state Thursday instead of being outvoted on a hugely controversial budget bill has drawn national attention, cheers from supporters and a tongue-lashing from Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
In a year when governors across the country are competing to show who’s toughest, no matter what the consequences, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin stands out as the first to bring his State Capitol to a halt.
UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin sent an e-mail Wednesday night to the UW System's Board of Regents, and to other chancellors across the system, asking them not to oppose Wisconsin's flagship university breaking away from the system.
In their most extreme display of student opposition to Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill so far, teaching assistants at the University of Wisconsin announced they will hold an off-campus “teach-out” to continue protests against the legislation.