Protesters Advocate To Pawlenty

Mike Rose

Roughly 100 striking AFSCME workers protested near the Carlson School of Business on Thursday.

The protesters circled the building a few times at approximately 12:30 p.m., chanting and whistling. By 1:30 p.m., they had settled into various spots around Carlson.

The AFSCME workers were trying to get the attention of Gov. Tim Pawlenty , who was attending an event at Carlson. According to an AFSCME press release, the union wants a deal similar to one Pawlenty gave state employees.

University police officers were on the scene to ensure the governor’s safety, but no incidents were reported.

Lt. Troy Buhta said some protesters approached and touched Pawlenty’s car, yet there were no major disruptions. He said the police were there to make sure everyone was safe.

University Police Chief Greg Hestness arrived to the scene later. He said the protest was under control and no incidents had been reported.

University spokesman Dan Wolter said he hadn’t been notified of any disruptions stemming from the protest.

“The University respects the demonstrators’ right to make a statement and appreciates their doing so in a civil manner,” he said in a written statement.

The Governor’s office had not commented on the protest as of Daily press time Thursday.