The protest at the Capitol today makes yesterday's scene seem quaint. It's difficult to estimate the attendance, but estimates range between 5,000 and 10,000. Protestors come from unions all over Wisconsin, and from both the public and private sector.
As of noon there is no evidence of any significant counter-protest, despite rumors that the Club for Growth would be busing in Tea Partiers to support the governor. If and when they do appear, is seems unlikely that supporters of the legislation will make much of an impact on a scene dominated by signs expressing outrage at Walker.
The large number of workers from private sector unions shows that the governor's proposals targeting public sector employees is perceived as a threat to all organized labor.
Right to work is coming! Wake up Wisconsin," said one UAW member who I interviewed.
Similarly, two large groups of firefighters, whose unions are exempt from the changes Walker proposed, drew loud cheers of support from the crowd as they walked around the square, holding signs such as "Firefighters Support Labor."