Colorado State Patrol Calls For Backup At Capitol Protest
The Colorado State Patrol who is responsible for security at the state capitol called for back up today. Labor leaders organized a protest in solidarity with workers in Wisconsin after Gov. Scott (R-Wi) chopped their collective bargaining rights. The Tea Party organized a counter protest and things quickly grew tense.
By the event start time, 12:00 MST, the Capitol steps and lawn were full of unhappy citizens who came to make a statement in support of Wisconsin workers, especially teachers and nurses. The labor leaders kept it short and to the point. Senator Ed Pearlmutter said the wealthy were making drastic decisions and not letting workers in on the process. The Tea Party responded with it’s own demonstration. State troopers formed a 100 yard long line to maintain the 15 foot separation between the two angry groups.
Phil Hayes, Colorado State labor leader, says leaders simply refuse to live by their prior agreements. He is optimistic they will return to the bargaining table and give labor a chance to have a say in the drastic budget and labor cuts in Wisconsin. Hayes said they do not expect violence from his group. Each person has a right to speak including the Tea Party and union protesters.
"we are here speaking about the government imposing their will on the people and they (the Tea Party) believe in the same principle. It is puzzling they are protesting us when we basically stand for the same principle."
Gov. Scott (R-Wi) eliminated the rights of state employees including teaches to enter into the collective bargaining process. The state will dictate salaries and massive budget cuts. Workers will have no rights to protest or boycott. The law will weaken binding arbitration for police and firefighters who have no right to strike. Automatic pay increases will be eliminated, and teachers no longer have the right to pick their classes or their schools.Continued on the next page