CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a resolution Friday morning supporting government workers and public school teachers in Wisconsin in their dispute with Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Walker proposed a bill, now passed by Wisconsin legislators and signed by the governor, to strip collective bargaining privileges from almost all state government employees and teachers.
Wisconsin has seen major demonstrations since Walker began working to get it passed.
House Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, and 62 other delegates voted for the resolution that "supports the Wisconsin state employees ... that will be affected by legislation introduced by ... Walker."
The West Virginia AFL-CIO, Kanawha Valley Labor Council and other groups and individuals are hosting a rally Saturday supporting public employees in Wisconsin and Ohio.
The rally will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the Capitol steps on the Kanawha River side of the building.
Larry Matheney, secretary-treasurer of the state AFL-CIO, said on Friday, "I am very happy the House sees the importance of standing with those workers and seeing that justice prevails.
"It is very important that we recognize that collective bargaining built the middle class. If we fail to preserve that right, we will not see the middle class come back."