Unions wear red in solidarity with Wisconsin teachers

February 21st, 2011 - 11:48 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Wisconsin, Feb 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) As the standoff between government workers and Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin continues, unions nationwide are showing their solidarity to the protesters.

Governor Scot Walker is determined to introduce a new bill in Wisconsin that would take most of the privileges that are enjoyed by the government workers in the state away. Teachers and other public workers have taken to the streets to put pressure on the lawmakers to reconsider the bill.

Democratic lawmakers in the state fled twice last week to avoid the bill from being passed.

With thousands on the streets and the governor showing no sign of making any concession, other unions in the United States have decided to wear red on Tuesday in solidarity with the people in Wisconsin.

Many protesters are visibly angry at the governor and have called him a dictator. He is just 8 weeks into his administration in the state but his approval rating has greatly suffered following the introduction of the bill. Walker has the advantage because both houses are dominated by Republicans.

The bill needs at least 17 votes in the 33 seat state Senate to pass. Republicans have 19 seats in the House.

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