The 2011 mass protests in Wisconsin

Wisconsin power plant spills coal ash into Lake Michigan

By Janel Flechsig, 8 November 2011

A dam at the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Wisconsin collapsed, sending an estimated 2,500 cubic yards of coal ash into Lake Michigan last week.

Occupy Wall Street organizing underway in La Crosse, Wisconsin

By our reporter, 1 November 2011

Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement are working to build up Occupy LaCrosse. They’ve been barred from camping out in Cameron Park in the downtown area, and a group has initiated a petition campaign to secure their right to establish an encampment. Meanwhile, they are holding rallies, bannering and staging soapbox sessions.

The Wisconsin recall election

By Jerry White, 12 August 2011

The central lesson that emerges from the experience of the Wisconsin protests is the need for a revolutionary party and perspective to lead the struggles of the working class.

Democrats routed in Wisconsin recall elections

By Jerry White, 11 August 2011

The Democratic Party lost four of six races in the recall election in the US Midwestern state of Wisconsin Tuesday, leaving the Republican Party in control of the state legislature.

Savage cuts in Wisconsin budget

By Toby Reese, 22 June 2011

The Wisconsin biennial budget is expected to go into effect on July 1 after it receives a final signature from Republican Governor Scott Walker.

Court sanctions Wisconsin anti-worker law

By Jerry White, 16 June 2011

The Wisconsin Supreme Court Tuesday cleared the way for the imposition of a new state law that will gut the living standards and workplace rights of public employees.

State Supreme Court set to review challenge to Wisconsin anti-worker legislation

By Toby Reese, 4 June 2011

A court ruling striking down an anti-worker law curtailing collective bargaining rights is scheduled to be reviewed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on June 6.

Republican judge leads Wisconsin vote after new ballots are found by political ally

By Tom Eley, 9 April 2011

In a judicial election promoted by the trade unions as the primary means of fighting Governor Scott Walker’s anti-worker law, the Republican incumbent established a significant lead after thousands of allegedly uncounted ballots were added to his vote total by a right-wing county clerk.

After sellout of Wisconsin struggle unions hail vote for state judge

By Andre Damon, 7 April 2011

JoAnne Kloppenburg, the trade union-backed challenger for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat, proclaimed victory Wednesday after preliminary ballot counts showed she won by a tiny margin over her Republican-backed rival.

An exchange on “Behind the sellout of the struggle in Wisconsin”

By Jerry White, 30 March 2011

The WSWS replies to a letter sent by an AFSCME union official in Nebraska.

Indiana official urged Wisconsin governor to stage fake assassination attempt

By Jerry White, 29 March 2011

An Indiana deputy prosecutor urged Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to stage a violent provocation in order to discredit popular opposition to his attack on public employees, according to an email uncovered by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Behind the sellout of the struggle in Wisconsin

By Tom Eley, 25 March 2011

The executives who run Wisconsin’s public sector unions have responded to the passage of Governor Scott Walker’s anti-worker bill by rushing to put in place contracts that impose all of the bill’s demands for financial concessions on the state’s 375,000 teachers, nurses, city workers and other public employees.

Political lessons of the battle of Wisconsin

By Jerry White, 23 March 2011

In the two weeks since state Republicans passed Governor Walker’s anti-worker bill, unions across Wisconsin have rushed to sign agreements slashing workers’ wages and benefits.

More unions agree to concessions ahead of new Wisconsin law

By Nick Rodriguez, 22 March 2011

Unions in Wisconsin have agreed to impose devastating concessions on their members in exchange for preserving automatic dues deductions.

Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin anti-worker law

By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2011

A further hearing on the new law is set for March 29.

Wisconsin governor releases district-by-district school cuts

By Tobin Reese, 18 March 2011

In a press conference in Madison on Wednesday, Governor Scott Walker proposed a massive state budget reduction for public schools.

Wisconsin unions rush to impose concessions before new law takes effect

By Tobin Reese, 16 March 2011

In the wake of the passage of an historic law attacking the collective bargaining rights of public workers in Wisconsin, unions throughout the state are scrambling to sign concessionary contract extensions before the law goes into affect March 25.

Teachers and students speak on Wisconsin education cuts

By Andre Damon, 15 March 2011

In this video, Wisconsin teachers and students speak on Governor Scott Walker’s cuts to public schools, the effect of social inequality on education, and the role of education in a democracy.

Wisconsin state workers: “It’s the modern feudal society”

By Tobin Reese, 15 March 2011

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to two Wisconsin state employees about the implications of Governor Scott Walker’s attack on worker rights, and the response of the unions.

100,000 march in Wisconsin to denounce anti-worker law

By Jerry White, 14 March 2011

More than 100,000 workers, young people and other protesters marched in the Wisconsin state capital of Madison Saturday in the largest of the month-long demonstrations against attacks on public employees and cuts in public education, health care and other services.

Video: Wisconsin workers speak on the general strike and social inequality

14 March 2011

The WSWS interviewed several of the protesters who converged on the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin Saturday.

Wisconsin governor signs anti-working-class bill

By Andre Damon, 12 March 2011

Governor Scott Walker signed his budget repair bill Friday, drastically reducing state workers’ pay and outlawing their rights to strike and negotiate.

No surrender to Walker! For a general strike by all Wisconsin workers!

Socialist Equality Party, 12 March 2011

Workers must reject the surrender by the unions and mobilize their strength to overturn the anti-worker bill signed into law by Wisconsin Governor Walker Friday.

Union officials, state Democrats in Wisconsin try to smother opposition to anti-worker bill

By Jerry White, 11 March 2011

The day after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker rammed through a bill to strip public workers of collective bargaining rights, union officials and state Democrats sought to contain social anger and block any decisive response by the working class.

Socialist Equality Party members call for general strike at Wisconsin demonstration

By our reporter, 11 March 2011

On the evening of March 9, Republicans in the Wisconsin State Senate carried out a surprise vote on Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill, bypassing the required quorum by splitting off the sections dealing with budget appropriations.

Wisconsin Senate rams through anti-worker bill

By Tom Eley, 10 March 2011

In a provocative act taken with no warning, the Wisconsin Senate forced through a law that would cut collective bargaining rights and the benefits of government workers.

Wisconsin budget to hurt students at technical colleges

By Andre Damon in Madison and Wisconsin, 9 March 2011

Among the victims of the Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal will be technical colleges, which stand to have their state funding cut by 30 percent. The WSWS spoke to students who will be affected.

Wisconsin struggle at the crossroads

By Jerry White, 8 March 2011

As the determination of Wisconsin workers to fight the cuts hardens, state Democrats are searching for a way to cave in to the Republican governor’s demands.

Video: Wisconsin demonstrations continue

By Andre Damon, 7 March 2011

Up to 50,000 people participated in a demonstration in Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday, as protests against Governor Scott Walker’s budget cuts entered their third week.

Demand for general strike wins support at Wisconsin protests

By Andre Damon and Tobin Reese, 7 March 2011

As many as 50,000 workers and young people braved cold weather to demonstrate in the Wisconsin state capital of Madison Saturday, with another 15,000 coming out on Sunday to oppose the attack on public employees and social spending.

Wisconsin workers continue protests as Democrats prepare surrender to Walker

By Jerry White, 5 March 2011

Workers in the state capital are pressing ahead with their struggle to defeat Governor Walker’s attack on public employees and social spending cuts.

Wisconsin workers discuss demand for general strike

By our reporting team, 4 March 2011

A mood of militancy is growing among workers in Wisconsin as Republican Governor Scott Walker deepens his attack on public sector employees and vital social programs.

Walker must go! For a general strike in Wisconsin!

By David North, 3 March 2011

The budget presented by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Tuesday has caused profound shock and outrage among workers throughout the state.

Wisconsin budget will make higher education less accessible

By Jerry White, 3 March 2011

Governor Walker is proposing funding cuts and sweeping changes in the University of Wisconsin system.

Wisconsin teachers denounce school cuts

By Jerry White, 2 March 2011

Teachers spoke out against Governor Walker’s new budget, which will slash nearly a billion dollars from public education.

Wisconsin governor outlines $1.7 billion in budget cuts

By Jerry White, 2 March 2011

In a budget address Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker announced plans to gut public education and state health care programs for low-income families.

Wisconsin governor to announce $1 billion in budget cuts

By Jerry White, 1 March 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will announce $1 billion dollars in budget cuts over the next two years in a speech before a joint session of the state legislature this afternoon.

Firefighters speak out on Wisconsin struggle

By Jerry White, 1 March 2011

Hundreds of firefighters came to join the demonstrations of Wisconsin workers at the state capitol on Monday.

After demonstration of 100,000, union officials prepare to end Wisconsin struggle

By Tom Eley, 28 February 2011

While over 100,000 determined workers and youth demonstrated in Madison, union officials were preparing to put an end to their struggle against wage cutting and attacks on basic social rights.

Wisconsin workers and youth speak out

By Tom Eley, 28 February 2011

An on-the-spot report from Madison on the largest demonstration to date in the two-week struggle against Governor Scott Walker’s anti-worker bill.

Wisconsin state assembly passes anti-worker bill

By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2011

The struggle against the right-wing attack on jobs, living standards and democratic rights is at the crossroads.

Slideshow: The demonstrations in Madison, Wisconsin

By Andre Damon, 26 February 2011

During the week of February 14, tens of thousands of people attended demonstrations on the capitol square in Madison, Wisconsin, to voice their opposition to the budget cuts and other anti-working class measures proposed by Governor Scott Walker.

Wisconsin governor threatens to cut 12,000 jobs

By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2011

Democrats back down over anti-worker legislation.

One-sided war in Wisconsin

By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2011

Two incidents connected to the ongoing mass protests in Wisconsin underscore the utter ruthlessness of the ruling class in its determination to drive down the living conditions of workers, not only in that state but throughout the United States.

Protests continue as Wisconsin politicians debate attack on public employees

By Tom Eley, 24 February 2011

With protests in Madison continuing, the Wisconsin legislature began debate on Tuesday on a bill that would force major wage cuts on government workers and further restrict their legal right to strike and organize.

Wisconsin protests continue

By Jerry White, 23 February 2011

Demonstrations continued in the state capital of Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday while protests inspired by the stand taken by Wisconsin workers spread to other states across the country, including Indiana and Ohio.

The International Socialist Organization gushes over unions’ role in Wisconsin

By David Walsh, 23 February 2011

The International Socialist Organization reacted to the explosion of working class anger in Wisconsin by encouraging illusions that the trade unions would resist Republican Governor Scott Walker’s attack on public sector workers.

The Wisconsin struggle and collective bargaining

By Jerry White, 22 February 2011

In the course of the struggle in Wisconsin, the trade unions are focusing on the right to “collective bargaining,” even as they openly declare their willingness to accept all the concessions demanded by the Wisconsin governor.

As Wisconsin protests continue, teachers union ends walkouts

By Tom Eley, 22 February 2011

As major demonstrations continued in Wisconsin, the head of the largest teachers union in the state has called on teachers to end their walkouts.

The struggle of Wisconsin workers enters a new stage

By Jerry White, 21 February 2011

The mass demonstrations in Wisconsin are an initial expression of the powerful reemergence of open struggles of the working class, the likes of which have not been seen in the US for a quarter century.

Huge protest march opposes Wisconsin cuts

By Jerry White, 21 February 2011

An estimated 75,000 workers and young people marched in the state capital of Wisconsin Saturday in the largest of a weeklong series of demonstrations.

Video: In fifth day of Wisconsin protests, largest showing yet

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2011

Between 50,000 and 100,000 people packed the capitol square in Madison, Wisconsin on February 19, demonstrating the popular hostility to austerity measures proposed by governor Scott Walker.

Western Wisconsin students, workers oppose cuts

By Ron Jorgenson, 19 February 2011

While workers and students have concentrated their forces at the state capitol in Madison, rallies have proliferated throughout outstate Wisconsin. WSWS supporters leafleted a boisterous crowd of well over 500 workers and students who packed the “Falcon Nest” auditorium located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in River Falls. The WSWS also covered another noontime demonstration at the University of Wisconsin Stout campus in Menomonie that brought out students, faculty and city workers.

Full support to Wisconsin workers!

By Patrick Martin, 19 February 2011

Workers throughout the United States must come to the defense of the public employees in Wisconsin.

Protests, teacher walkouts mount in Wisconsin

Milwaukee schools closed

By Tom Eley, 19 February 2011

As massive demonstrations continued in Madison, tens of thousands more teachers and students walked out of their classrooms in Wisconsin, including in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin protests and the re-emergence of the American working class

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2011

Protests by tens of thousands of state workers, teachers and their supporters against sweeping social cuts in Wisconsin mark a turning point in the United States.

Worker demonstrations, walk-outs spread in Wisconsin

By Tom Eley, 18 February 2011

Tens of thousands of workers and students once again demonstrated in Madison against attacks on government workers, while dozens of school districts across the state were closed by what is, in all but name, a spreading strike wave of teachers and students.

Obama’s cynical posturing on Wisconsin protests

By Patrick Martin, 18 February 2011

President Obama criticized Wisconsin’s governor for attacking state employee unions, but backed the demand for wage and benefit cuts for public workers.

Video: Madison, Wisconsin demonstrations gain strength

By Andre Damon, 18 February 2011

Demonstrations continued Thursday in Madison, Wisconsin, as thousands of people packed the state legislature, while tens of thousands protested outside.

Tens of thousands demonstrate against attacks on government workers in Wisconsin

By Tom Eley, 17 February 2011

On Wednesday a crowd estimated at about 30,000 demonstrated in Madison, Wisconsin against attacks on the wages and conditions of public sector workers launched by Governor Scott Walker.

Thousands in Wisconsin demonstrate against cuts

By Tom Eley and Andre Damon, 16 February 2011

Over the past two days, thousands of workers in Wisconsin have demonstrated against a bill backed by Governor Scott Walker that would force drastic pay cuts on nearly 175,000 state, local and university employees, and outlaw their right to strike.

Unite workers and youth to defeat Wisconsin budget cuts

the Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality, 16 February 2011

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Socialist Equality are distributing this statement to oppose Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s social cuts and attacks on workers’ right to strike.

Wisconsin governor threatens to call National Guard on state workers

By Andre Damon, 14 February 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has announced an onslaught against state workers, eliminating collective bargaining rights and threatening to fire workers who go on strike.