Protests occur at UW-Whitewater Thursday afternoon

Students and faculty members against Gov. Scott Walker's proposed Budget Repair Bill were very vocal in a gathering between Heide and McGraw Halls Thursday afternoon. Photos by Andrew Smith.

About 175 students, faculty and staff gathered at noon Thursday between McGraw and Heide Halls to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget repair bill.

Chants, such as “Kill that bill,” “Stop the bill,” “Stop the hate,” “Don’t let Walker legislate,” “Hey hey, ho ho, Scott Walker has got to go,” and “The people united will never be defeated” were shouted by students and faculty.

Signs that read “Workers rights are human rights” and “Care about educators like they care for your child” were held high by several protestors.

Demonstrations like this are occurring everywhere in Wisconsin, including inside the Capitol building, to show their opposition of Walker’s plan to strip unions of their collective bargaining rights.

Democratic senators have left the Capitol to boycott the vote on the bill. The bill could have been passed as soon as today, but there needs to be 20 senators of the 33-member house present to pass a fiscal bill.

Without any Democrats present, the body’s 19 Republicans are not enough to pass Walker’s proposed bill.

As a result, law enforcement officers have now been called in today to search for the Democratic senators who are boycotting the bill and who have not reported to the senate chamber.