Unions and opponents of Governor Scott Walker are gathering around Wisconsin tonight, to mark the one-year anniversary of passage of the collective bargaining bill. Stephanie Bloomingdale, the state AFL-CIO secretary treasurer, says Republicans “illegally passed” the bill, by gathering in violation of the open meetings law and by splittling fiscal elements from legislation to pass it, absent Senate Democrats.
The state Supreme Court has ruled the open meetings law was not violated, during that conference committee process.
Bloomingdale says, since then, the governor has continued harming working families with deep cuts to BadgerCare and education.
The Walker administration has said reductions were necessary to fill a massive budget deficit.
According to the labor group’s blog, nearly a dozen vigils are planned statewide. The events will culminate to a rally planned at the state capitol Saturday.