Video: Angry workers confront Wisconsin’s governor

JANESVILLE, Wis. – Over 3,000 angry workers and their supporters picketed Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who was speaking to a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Janesville, Wisconsin on March 29th. (video below)

The protesters massed at all the entrances to the Holiday Inn Express here and booed those driving in to hear Walker speak. Security was tight and Janesville police checked each driver as they listened to chants of “Shame, shame, shame,” and “Hey Hey Ho Ho, Governor Walker has got to go!”

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Janesville Protest v Walker from Scott Marshall on Vimeo.

Most of the police were clearly sympathetic to the demonstrators. Still, in a friendly way, they were trying to keep everyone on the sidewalks and out of the street. Finally, organized righteous frustration broke out. The people just poured into the street and marched up to the front of the hotel and surrounded the main entrance.

The protesters were already in a festive mood when word came that the judge who had issued the temporary restraining order had now issued a strong injunction against implementing the anti-labor law. Noting that the law had violated the states open meetings act, the judge also said she would enforce her order with criminal charges if necessary.

A steelworker expressed the mood of the demonstration when he said he was glad to be adding to Walker and the Chamber’s indigestion.

Image: Scott Marshall/PW


Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall is chair of the Communist Party's Labor Commission. Scott grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam. Scott has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s. Scott remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees). He lives in Chicago.