CAP TIMES: Local firefighters join protests despite being exempted from bill

February 18, 2011
Susan Troller

One of the most emotional moments of the budget repair bill protests in Madison came Thursday night as off-duty union firefighters marched through the Capitol in full regalia.

The crowd exploded in cheering that actually drowned out the bagpipes accompanying members of Firefighters Local 311.

Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill specifically exempts firefighters, police and the state patrol from the pending law's provisions that would prevent public employees from collective bargaining on anything except wages.

Local 311 has issued a public statement of solidarity with other public union employees. Also on Thursday, the Madison firefighters union voted to accept a contract extension with the City of Madison through 2012.