As public workers and their allies continue to occupy the Wisconsin State Capitol in opposition to Republican Governor Scott Walker’s bid to strip workers of collective bargaining rights, The Nation‘s John Nichols joined KGO AM810 radio in San Francisco to talk about the future for the protests.

Nichols explains that unions are the "core of progressive politics" in Wisconsin. The Republicans’ efforts to curb workers’ rights isn’t just about damaging a force that routinely votes Democrat. It’s about "damaging forces that defend the public sphere" and public education.

Those protesting, Nichols says, have majority support in Wisconsin polls right now. Players from the Green Bay Packers and farmers have chosen to stand with unions.

—Kevin Gosztola