March 13, 2011
MADISON, Wisconsin — Farmers on tractors joined a massive crowd surrounding Wisconsin’s capitol Saturday to protest Republican moves to undermine unions and slash government services in a battle spreading across the United States.
Cheers and bells rang out as tractors bearing signs declaring “Walker’s budget = war on workers, middle class” and “pull together — support working families” slowly circled the towering statehouse which has been the scene of mass protests for weeks now.
The battle began when Wisconsin’s newly-elected Republican governor Scott Walker proposed a controversial bill to strip public workers of bargaining rights.
Republicans in 36 other US states are also pushing for laws that would curtail unions, a major source of financial and mobilizing support for Democrats.
This article was posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 6:38 am