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Wisconsin: Why I Support Barrett and Mitchell

Wisconsin: Why I Support Barrett and Mitchell


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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ALEC Has Deep Ties, Big Money in Wisconsin Lawmakers and Governor

Illustration by WatchingFrogsBoil/flickr

A new report reveals the “extraordinary influence” the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has had in the Wisconsin legislature during the past 16 months—the same 16 months since Gov. Scott Walker (R) took power. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), which released the report, says ALEC's influence:

undermines the rights of Wisconsin families while advancing the agenda of huge corporations.

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2011 Video: Walker Says Goal Is Splitting Unions, Not Balancing Budget

A new video obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) telling his single largest donor, Diane Hendricks, that destroying collective bargaining for public workers is just the "first step" of his “divide and conquer” plan. The video was originally taken by a documentary filmmaker in January 2011, one month before Walker introduced his bill to gut collective bargaining.

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IAFF’s Mitchell Ready to ‘Restore Integrity' to Wisconsin Government

Now that Mahlon Mitchell has won the Democratic primary, including defeating a “fake Democrat” Wisconsin Republicans entered in the race as a sabotage effort, the president of the Fire Fighters of Wisconsin (IAFF) is setting his sights on taking on Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in the June 5 recall election. A new ad from the IAFF airing in the Badger State explains to voters that after 15 years of “putting his life on the line” as a firefighter, Mitchell is running for lieutenant governor to “restore integrity to Wisconsin’s government and to get Wisconsin working again."

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Barrett Wins Primary Race to Take on Walker in Wisconsin Recall

Wisconsin ADFl-CIO photo

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) will face Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in the June 5 election to recall Walker. Barrett won the Democratic primary yesterday. While working families are mobilizing behind Barrett, Walker has built a huge war chest—more than $25 million of mostly out-of-state contributions.

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Trumka on 'Newsmakers': Jobs, Republicans, the NLRB and Walker

Trumka on 'Newsmakers': Jobs, Republicans, the NLRB and Walker

When Republican candidates ask Americans if they’re better off than they were four years ago when President Obama was elected, here’s what working people will be thinking about, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Former President George W. Bush lost U.S. jobs during a good economy. Obama has created jobs during the disastrous economy he inherited.

Trumka, questioned on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program this morning by Peter Wallsten of The Washington Post and Melanie Trottman of the Wall Street Journal, challenged viewers to imagine how improved the economy could be today if Republicans in Congress had worked with Obama on job creation rather than pursuing their stated top priority of making him a one-term president.

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End of Arizona Legislative Session Mixed Bag for Working Families

Thursday was sine die (adjournment) for the Arizona Legislature. It came relatively early this year after a budget deal was struck earlier this week between Gov. Jan Brewer and the Republican-led legislature. Brewer had warned GOP leadership that she would hold all bills until the budget was ready, which seemed to spur them into action. For public-sector Arizona workers, it was a mixed ending.

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