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Wisconsin Protests Swell [PHOTOS and VIDEO]

Feb 17, 2011 – 4:38 PM
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Steven Hoffer

Steven Hoffer Contributor

Today marks day three of the Wisconsin protests against sweeping legislation that stands to eliminate collective bargaining rights for teachers and most other state workers.

Thousands of demonstrators assembled in Madison today to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposed reform, which would also force public workers to contribute half the cost of their pensions.

One major group was noticeably absent from the protests, however. Wisconsin police are presently searching for the state's Democratic senators, who were defiantly not present for a scheduled vote on the legislation.

Republicans hold a 19-14 majority in the state Senate and require a single Democratic vote to pass the bill.

Here is footage of the protests:

And a few photos:

Wisconsin Protests
Michael P. King, Wisconsin State Journal / AP
Firefighters for Labor march against a bill that would strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights.

Wisconsin Protests
Andy Manis, AP
Protesters at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis.
For more Surge Desk coverage, check out:
Wisconsin Protests: Twitter Tracks Democrats Who Skipped Collective Bargaining Vote

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