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Wisconsin: Recall Is a 'Fight for the Middle Class'

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Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, says Wisconsin’s 2012 recall election is not just a union fight but a middle-class fight because “the middle class is under attack.”

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Action Alert to D.C.-Area Activists: Walker Recall Phone Bank Hours Expand

Caren Wilkins, AFSCME/Kathy Smith

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Calling all Washington, D.C.-area activists: The AFL-CIO Phone Bank will be open with extended hours today, Friday and through the weekend and early next week to call Wisconsin voters in these last few days before they go to the polls on Tuesday.

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Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, Tim McIlrath Rock for Wisconsin Recall

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Hannah MFaull from the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition sends us this. Tom Morello of “Rage Against the Machine,” singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, Tim McIlrath of the punk rock band “Rise Against,” international touring hip-hop artist Brother Ali and Mike McColgan, the original lead singer of “Dropkick Murphys” and the lead singer of the “Street Dogs,” are all hitting the stage in Madison to turn out the vote in a Wisconsin recall election that’s too close to call.

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Wisconsin: Recall Is About Lawmakers Who Game the System

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The recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and other lawmakers slated for June 5 is about many issues, including attacks on workers' basic freedom to bargain collectively for better lives. But fundamentally it's about a new style of politics, which shuns the American tradition of consensus, writes E.J. Dionne in a Washington Post column today.

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Wisconsin: What’s So Important About Collective Bargaining?

Wisconsin: What’s So Important About Collective Bargaining?

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There are many reasons to fire Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) next Tuesday. But some people in Wisconsin and others who are following the recall battle between Walker, who last year eliminated the collective bargaining rights of 380,000 public employees, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), who supports workers’ rights to bargain, are asking:

What’s so important about collective bargaining in the first place?

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Wisconsin: 11 Good Reasons to Fire Scott Walker

Wisconsin: 11 Good Reasons to Fire Scott Walker

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Why should Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) lose his job in next week’s recall election against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett? Here are 11 good reasons:

  1. Scott Walker eliminated the collective bargaining rights of 380,000 public employees.
  2. Scott Walker has led Wisconsin to last place in the nation in job creation.
  3. Scott Walker has disenfranchised tens of thousands of young voters, senior citizens and minority voters with voter suppression and voter ID laws.

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Wisconsin: Why I Support Barrett and Mitchell

Wisconsin: Why I Support Barrett and Mitchell

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This is a cross-post from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO by Machinists (IAM) member Jerome Schiek, who is supporting Tom Barrett and Mahlon Mitchell in the June 5 recall election.  

Brothers and Sisters:

I am not going to mince any words nor beat around the bush. Here it is. We got caught sleeping. In 2010, we were asleep. No guilt. No shame. We all had a lot on our plates. We were asleep and maybe just a bit complacent. Not anymore.

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Wisconsin: Down to the Wire

With a tenure that includes job losses in the thousands—pitting Wisconsin as dead last in the country for job creation—as well as unpopular budget cuts that will cause 17,000 people to lose heath care coverage and ongoing investigations into the moral and ethical integrity of his closest staff and allies, even Gov. Scott Walker knows he can’t credibly tout his record to voters.

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Wisconsin: Gov. Walker 'Not Preserving a Strong Middle Class'

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO reports that the Milwaukee phone bank is abuzz with talk of Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-worker, worst-in-the-nation jobs record, John Doe corruption probe and plot to “divide and conquer” Wisconsin workers. Volunteers are calling union homes in support of Tom Barrett for governor and Fire Fighters member Mahlon Mitchell for lieutenant governor.

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On the Phones and at the Doors in Wisconsin Recall Battle

Wisconsin AFL-CIO photo

Wisconsin working families, students and community allies are out in force in the neighborhoods, on the job sites and at the phone banks as the June 5 recall election of Gov. Scott Walker (R), Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) and four of Walker’s allies in the state Senate approaches. Chris Czubakowski, a member of the Postal Workers (APWU) from Wauwatosa, says:

Recalling Gov. Walker is about preserving a strong middle class for Wisconsin.

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