With a federal government shutdown looming, Elaine Mitchell is wondering if she's "essential" and if she'll get paid, or when.
Activists note even in Republican dominated Texas, protests for public workers and labor rights have been occuring throughout the state almost every day.
The legislature is grappling with budget deficits estimated at $5.1 billion, yet ballot initiatives pushed through by Republican extremists last November block every measure to increase revenues.
AFSCME president Gerald McEntee has called upon the House Speaker John Boehner to "stop using violent metaphors and demonizing public employees."
Women are calling Republican budget cuts and attacks on public employees a double-barreled "war on women."
March 12 the big tractors thundered into Madison, Wisconsin.
More than 10,000 students and supporters rallied nationwide during a national day of action to defend public education and the rights of public workers.
"I am proud to stand with you and the workers of Wisconsin," Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy told hundreda at a Hartford rally Tuesday.
Ohio's Republican Governor-elect John Kasich declared war on all public employees and workers employed under state contracts - a full month before taking office.
SEATTLE - Public employee unions and the people they serve denounced the budget unveiled by Gov. Chris Gregoire, which slashes vital services and jobs.