On February 15th, 15,000 protesters surrounded the capital building in Madison, WI. Previously, Wisconsin´s newly elected governor, Scott Walker, had laid out a plan to strip 175,000 public employees of their collective bargaining rights for everything but their pay.
The cuts affected all public employees, excluding only firefighters. Despite this, firefighter unions demonstrated with union and non-union members. 800 high school students also joined in, walking out of class in protest.
On February 16th, Madison public schools were closed because 40 percent of teachers and staff called in to protest the bill.