Richland, Wash. -- More than 300 labor union workers were out rallying Wednesday night at the Richland Labor Temple.
The rally was sponsored by the Washington Teamsters, the Washington Labor Council and HAMTC. The goal was to raise awareness about collective bargaining rights, especially after what happened in Wisconsin.
Union workers say their biggest concern is that local state lawmakers are trying to do the same thing in Washington. "The politicians need to hear the working class of this country, that we are not going to tolerate their assault on the middle class and their full blown blind support of corporations," said Patrick Zorrich, a pipe fitter in the area.
"Wages are good because labor is good. We brought the weekend, the 40 hour work week, child labor laws, all of this is because of labor," said Cheryl Sanders, a union worker in the Tri-Cities.
Leaders say there are over 20,000 union workers in the Tri-City area. Their next step is to rally in Olympia on April 8th. They expect over 10,000 people to show up.