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Lassa supporters rally in Stevens Point


By Bonnie Shelton

STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--Pro-union supporters gathered in Stevens Point Sunday to rally against Governor Walker and his move to strip unions of collective bargaining rights. District Representative Julie Lassa addressed the group, saying the fight isn't over.

Governor Scott Walker may have signed the bill, but public workers and their supporters are still making their voices heard.

"I never been political at all my whole life until this moment.  I feel really called to be present in this," said union supporter Karen Blaha.

Sunday's anti-budget bill rally in Stevens Point brought hundreds downtown, including Senator Julie Lassa who had just returned from Illinois.

"The message today is to continue to make sure people have a voice and a say in their government," she said.

Lassa said things are being done to try and stop the bill from becoming law, including taking the bill to court on a federal level. She said papers have also been filed to create an injunction so the law can't move ahead.

Many gathered outside Shopko to say thank you to Senator Lassa and who they call the "Fab 14." Senators who left the state to try and prevent the bill from passing.

But pro-Walker supporters disagree with their sentiments. Some drove by yelling "Go Walker" and "It's time for you to pay your share, too." But Lassa says it's not about money, it's about rights.

Organizers said rallies are planned for Wisconsin Rapids and again in Stevens Point throughout the week.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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