Popular Union Leader Arrested in Madison
By Patrick Lynn
One of the best- known public union leaders in the state has been arrested.
Marty Beil was taken away by Capitol Police shortly after noon Wednesday just as the so-called Solidarity Singers began their daily protest against policies of Governor Scott Walker. The group has staged a lunch time protest- using placards and song- daily since Act 10 was passed in 2011.
Beil heads the state’s largest employee union. His arrest is the latest in over 300 since July, when state leaders began to require the singers to get a permit for gatherings over 20 people.
Walker said it’s up to the protestors to follow the rules and get a permit.
“They can protest every day while I’m in office. I have no problem with that. That is what’s great about America. We ask them to follow the rules.”