With all eyes on the State Capitol, a national labor leader is coming to Madison on Friday to lend support to the thousands of protesters rallying against Gov. Scott Walker's budget plan.
Walker will be getting his share of support on Saturday, with hundreds, if not thousands, of conservatives expected to converge on the Capitol for a Tea Party rally.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will address the protesters on Friday at noon, according to an e-mail from the Wisconsin AFL-CIO.
Trumka also plans to "march in solidarity with Wisconsin workers and help prepare and deliver food to the crowds," the e-mail said.
The AFL-CIO is the largest labor organization in the country, comprised of 57 unions representing 12.2 million members, according to its website.
On the other side of the political coin, conservative group American Majority announced it is staging a rally from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the south entrance to the State Capitol.
State director Matt Batzel said in a news release that "It's time for the voices of the Wisconsin people to be heard."
"As the week has progressed, Wisconsin and the nation have watched schools across Wisconsin close, due to teachers participating in a 'sick out,' the union busing people in from other states to inflate their rally numbers in Madison, and legislators fleeing the state to avoid the vote on the budget repair bill," Batzel said.
"We're shooting for large numbers," Batzel said in The Washington Examiner. "We'll have hundreds at a minimum but I definitely expect large numbers."
Tea Party rallies in Madison have drawn large crowds in the past, including an estimated 4,500 to the State Capitol on April 15, 2010.