Wisconsin teachers to rally at Capitol, head to Chicago to support strike
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Teachers from Wisconsin plan a rally Friday night at the state Capitol in Madison and then head to Chicago on Saturday to show solidarity with those on strike there.
Milwaukee Teachers Education Association President Bob Peterson said Friday that he expects a couple hundred Wisconsin teachers to head to Chicago. The event is being billed as a "Wisconsin-style" rally.
Wisconsin was the center of the national fight over union rights last year when Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed effectively ending collective bargaining rights for teachers and other public workers.
Many Wisconsin schools around the state shut down for days in February as tens of thousands of people, including many teachers, descended on the Capitol to protest Walker's proposal that passed and has been in effect for more than a year.