Day 11 saw 160 trade unionistts fly in from Los Angeles. They marched into the state capitol rotunda to thunderous applause, cheering and chanting.
A dense crowd packed the Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall for a lunchtime rally Feb. 24 to support embattled workers in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio.
Feb. 23, 2011 goes down as one of the largest demonstrations outside of Madison in Wisconsin history.
On day 6 of the peaceful occupation of the Wisconsin Capital, Steelworkers president Leo Gerard led a delegation of union members into the Capital Rotunda.
Thousands massed in Madison this morning for the 12th major rally since the protests began, and workers say they'll be "tracking down" the fleeing governor "until he finally talks to us."
"We stand with you as you stood with us," Kamal Abbas, leader of Egypt's Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services, told the workers of Wisconsin in a Feb. 20 video statement.
Texans rallied in front of their state Capitol, Feb. 21, to show solidarity with Wisconsin workers fighting to maintain their union rights.
On day six of the massive protests in Wisconsin, busloads of Chicago union and community activists arrived to show solidarity. Labor editor John Wojcik gets on the bus, too.
There is one thing Wisconsin union families want everyone to know: the protests are about workers' freedom to organize into a union and bargain collectively.
"I've never been in a workers' uprising like this in my life," said a middle-aged woman as everyone around her broke into cheers, with thousands of workers packing the state Capitol on the fourth day of protests.