Teachers, students, and prison guards went to the Wisconsin Capitol in thousands on Wednesday, to fight "a move to strip government workers of union rights in the first state to grant them more than a half-century ago," the Star Tribune said.
The protestors chanted, sang the national anthem, and beat drums for hours, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Many Madison school teachers called in sick to join the protest. So many teachers called in sick that the district, the state's second-largest, had to cancel classes.
The states governor, Republican Scott Walker, is trying to pass the country's most aggressive anti-union proposal, according to the Star Tribune.
Walker told the San Francisco Chronicle that taxpayers "need to be heard as well," he also said he would not do anything to "fundamentally undermine the principles" of the bill.
According to the Star Tribune, a budget committee was expected to go over the proposal on Wednesday. During the protests Republicans said they were planning on offering substantive changes, then they later said that all the core elements of the bill would remain. "The full Legislature could begin voting on it as early as Thursday."