More Protesters Greet Gov. Scott Walker in Illinois
More than 200 union members line the street of Chicago suburb Friday to send message to controversial Wisconsin governor — and Republicans in the Land of Lincoln.
With chants of “Union busting is disgusting” and “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Scott Walker’s got to go,” more than 200 union members from Illinois and Wisconsin lined the entrance to a suburban Chicago hotel Friday evening where the Wisconsin governor was speaking.
According to the Deerfield, IL, Patch:
Gov. Scott Walker is speaking at the annual gathering of the Lake County Republican Federation at the Marriott Lincolnshire. The union members wanted to send a message to the local Republican lawmakers that Walker’s brand of politics is not welcome in Illinois.
“What he did up there is not what we want here,” Northeastern Illinois Federation of Labor President Patrick Statter said of Walker’s efforts to reduce collective bargaining for public sector workers in Wisconsin. “If they support him they hold the same views.”
“Just over one million people voted for him and just under one million signed recall petitions,” Statter said. “We try to find common ground and if we can’t we compromise."
The protest in suburban Chicago came the same week in which hundreds of demonstrators appeared at Walker appearances in Springfield, IL, and Troy, MI.
In Troy, more than 1,000 people protested Walker's appearance at a GOP fundraising event, according to Troy Patch.
Protesters in both Springfield and Troy were upset about the Walker administration's elimination of collective bargaining. In Troy, many were particularly upset at what they saw as an assault on education.
In Lincolnshire Friday, some of the demonstrators were angry at the legislation Walker signed into law in Wisconsin stripping most collective bargaining rights away from government workers.
“We want more jobs, union jobs,” said James Schiabieu of Waukegan told Patch. “They want to strip the jobs down to minimum wage and that’s not right, not in this country. We built this country.”