Updated Sunday afternoon
Public employee protests continued across the region Sunday with more planned this week.
In Wisconsin, protesters moved inside the state capitol building on the seventh day of what is being called the “Battle of Madison.” Union members in Michigan, meanwhile, plan to rally in Lansing on Tuesday.
A winter storm caused protesters to move inside the capitol building Sunday, where they ringed the rotunda with signs, some toted by children whose teachers left classrooms last week to join the demonstrations. The Wisconsin State Journal has full coverage, including a photo gallery, here.
A rally in Madison on Saturday drew nearly
70,000 people, the largest such gathering yet during a week of protests. Some people spent the night in the state capitol rotunda, according to the Associated Press.
Democratic state senators are still out of the state, many in Illinois, in order to avoid Wisconsin state troopers’ jurisdiction. On Sunday, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, urged them to return to debate his proposal to void collective bargaining rights for state employees.
Last month, Changing Gears reported on new governors in the region, including Wisconsin’s Scott Walker.
In Lansing, Mich., members of the United Auto Workers union plan to rally Tuesday morning at the Central United Methodist Church, near the capitol building.
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