Citizens of Asheville rallied in support of Wisconsin Public workers today. They rallied at downtown Pack Square Park to show solidarity with public unions' rights to collective bargaining. Asheville, North Carolina. USA. 26/02/2011
A crowd of several hundred gathered in Pack Square Park in Asheville, North Carolina, to show support and solidarity with public workers in Wisconsin fighting to save their right to union collective bargaining. The event was organized by 'MoveOn' as part of a nationwide day of support for public workers' rights.
The crowd chanted "People Power." and "Save the American Dream," in a peaceful demonstration affirming Asheville's own working class background.
Scott Walker, the recently-elected Tea Party backed governor of Wisconsin, recently joined with fellow Republicans in his state's legislature to remove public workers' rights to collective bargaining for insurance, contracts, and other benefits. This move affects teachers, sanitation workers, and others in the public sector workforce.
Outnumbered in the Wisconsin legislature, Democratic state senators left the state to prevent the vote from being rushed through, and to raise awareness about what is at stake. In Wisconsin crowds upward of 50,000 have marched on the capital.
Today's demonstration in Asheville was one of many hundreds across the United States to stand united against Gov. Walker's heavy-handed, union-busting agenda.