In February 2011, new State Governor Scott Walker, a Tea Party favourite, tabled a bill that would take away practically all public sector employees' rights to collective bargaining. Thousands of citizens protested for several weeks. After the law was enacted in mid-March, some 85,000 to 100,000 people took to the streets, supported by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, filmmaker Michael Moore and actress Susan Sarandon. Within a year, a million angry citizens had signed a petition calling for a new election, which Governor Walker nonetheless won. In the meantime, the protest had spread to Indiana and Ohio, where similar bills were being studied.

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  • Wisconsin Labour Protests In the United States the plan to strip public employees in Wisconsin of most union bargaining rights is just one step away from becoming law.