Union Protests Continue In Hudson, Wis.

By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV

HUDSON, Wis. (WCCO)– Nearly two weeks since the first protest in Madison, Wis., union supporters, angry about the bill to end collective bargaining rights, continue to rally around the state.

On Sunday, hundreds carried their message through the streets of downtown Hudson, and Gov. Scott Walker was no longer the only target.

“Its frustration, because no one is listening,” said Shelly Moore, a Wisconsin teacher.

The names of Republican lawmakers like Sen. Sheila Harsdorf made their way into rally chants and slogans.

Ramona Gunter, a union supporter, said, “She won’t talk to her constituents. She’s not representing her constituents and she has to go.”

Union members said they are constantly trying to get in contact with their representatives, but they believe they are being ignored.

“This isn’t democracy,” Moore said. “In democracy people have the right to speak, but it also requires listening on the part of our elected officials and people are frustrated.”

The protests are the people’s way of speaking out. Their plea was a little louder Sunday, thanks to the help of union member from Minnesota

“We want to make sure they know we are with them, and we’re standing with workers across America,” said Tom Dooher, the president of Education Minnesota.

Republican lawmakers may have control of the Wisconsin Legislature, but protesters argue they will not have the final say on this bill.

“This is by no means over and even if this bill passes, this isn’t going to end,” said Chris Danou, of the 91st Assembly District.

Calls to Harsdorf were not answered. Walker said the bill will help the state cope with a $3.6 billion budget shortfall. Walker supporters did not show up to today’s rally.

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