“When firefighters see an emergency, we respond,” says Mahlon Mitchell, the new president of the firefighters’ union in Wisconsin. Scott Walker left the firefighters and the police out of his drastic cuts to union employees’ rights, but the firefighters have been rallying in solidarity with the rest of the public employees all week. “It’s not a movement, it’s a way of life. It’s not just a union way of life, it’s letting them know that labor is important,” Mitchell notes.
Mitchell spoke with Oliver Dykstra from The Uptake inside the Capitol building this weekend.