MADISON, Wisconsin – Late on Wednesday night, the Wisconsin state Senate passed the new bill tearing collective bargaining rights away from all state unions (with the exception of police and fire unions). The State Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill tomorrow at 11am.
Thousands of protesters rushed to the state Capitol Wednesday night, forcing their way through doors, crawling through windows and jamming corridors, as word spread of hastily called votes on Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial bill limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers.
Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the locked King Street entrance to the Capitol, chanting “Break down the door!” and “General strike!” (via Wisconsin State Journal)
Senators in favor of stripping unions of collective bargaining rights figured out a way to split this section from the rest of the budget and pass it without the presence of the runaway Democrats who were stalling the passing of this part of the bill specifically. According to some people in Madison people are running angrily to the Capitol. Strikes seem imminent and chanting and marching in circles appear as more than obvious to everyone as not enough. News sources are saying firetrucks are driving around Milwaukee blaring their sirens as a state of emergency in solidarity with those in the Capitol. Angry screaming demonstrators have trapped the senators in the building and refuse to leave.
More updates will be posted soon.