By Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON — What goes around comes around, the saying goes.
So it was that nearly 200 red T-shirt clad people rallied Friday around the Capitol here, supporting unionized public school teachers some 150 miles to the southeast.
The protesters, donning Madison Teachers Inc. shirts, paraded to show solidarity for the Chicago Teachers Union, whose membership has been on a walk-out since Monday.
Word late Friday was that a settlement had been reached and will be put to a vote on Sunday. A positive vote could send the 30,000 or so teachers and 400,000-plus public school students back to the classroom as early as Monday.
But the possible settlement won’t stop MTA and its union supporters from going to the Windy City on Saturday to protest there, where teachers have demanded, among other things, a pay hike, air conditioned classroom, and a promise to rehire teachers who may laid off.
Madison Teachers Inc. said its members were rallying for Chicago teachers because the Illinois group came to its aid last year after Gov. Scott Walker signed collective bargaining reform legislation.