Hero’s Welcome for Wisconsin 14

Capitol Square in Madison, WI was filled to capacity with nearly 200,000 union activists who welcomed home the 14 state senators who stood up against Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attack on collective bargaining rights.

More than 185,000 union members and supporters gathered at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison to deliver a full-throated welcome home for the 14 state senators whose self-imposed exile stalled GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to pass a bill outlawing collective bargaining for nearly all of Wisconsin’s public-sector employees.

International President Tom Buffenbarger and Diane Babineaux, Chief of Staff to the International President, were among the thousands of union members who marched for collective bargaining rights in Madison, WI.

The weekend rally, which featured a caravan of farm tractors in support of workers’ rights, was the largest since protests began more than three weeks ago. Speakers at the event included IAM President Tom Buffenbarger, Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt and many others. The faith and film communities were also represented with support from Rev. Jesse Jackson and actor-activists Susan Sarandon and Tony Shalhoub.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Democrats report they are more than half way to achieving the signatures needed to hold recall elections of eight Republican state senators who backed Gov. Walker’s campaign to gut public employees’ collective bargaining rights.