MILWAUKEE (WSAU) Thousands of people marched in the annual May-Day parade and rally in Milwaukee yesterday. It focused on immigrant rights in the past. But this year, the event centered on Republican Governor Scott Walker’s effort to virtually end collective bargaining for most of Wisconsin’s state-and-local public employee unions.
Union members and activists joined the immigrants who normally dominate the annual marches. National A-F-L C-I-O president Richard Trumka told the Milwaukee crowd that Walker has declared war on Wisconsin workers – just like House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner did in 2006 when he introduced the bill to make it a felony for illegal immigrants to be in the U-S. Trumka said quote, “We reject the idea that America can no longer be a great nation, and that we’re too broke to treat people fairly.”
Walker consistently says the state government is broke – but he said his bill prevents thousands of public workers from being laid, and will eventually add jobs in the state.
The Milwaukee immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera sponsored the May Day event, held each year since Sensenbrenner introduced his immigrant criminalization bill – which never went anywhere in Congress.