Thousands Protest in Wisconsin

By KBJR News 1

February 16, 2011 Updated Feb 16, 2011 at 10:35 PM CDT

Thousands of people across Wisconsin took to the streets Wednesday to protest Governor Walkers Bill.

The bill hopes to plug a 137–million dollar budget gap, by taking away the ability of public employee unions to collectively bargain for things like salary, benefits, hours, and working conditions.

Protester Warren Bender said "The collective bargaining right which our fathers and grandfathers worked to be able to do that and secure those rights for us."

In Superior more than five–hundred people marched on city hall making their voices heard all the way to Madison, where by some estimates 40–thousand people have descended on the state capitol.

U.W.S Professor and Protester Joel Sipress said "A governor who's basically said, I don't want to talk to you, I don't want to work with you I don't want to hear you have to say, we're going to strip you from your voice in the workplace, your ability to even talk about what we need to do to fix Wisconsin's problems."

Governor Walker has largely remained out of the spotlight during this debate, saying only "there's nothing left to negotiate."

However union protesters say there's still plenty to talk about.

U.W.S Professor Haji Dokhanchi said "I don't think we should be paying the burden for the state's deficit, there are a lot of businesses here, there's a lot of rich people here they should also be at the table they should be taxed just as we are and I think this is just shifting the tax burden from the rich to the middle class and the working class."

Governor Walker has also said that he will mobilize the National Guard to prevent any sort of work stoppage.

The controversial bill could be in front of legislatures as early as tomorrow.