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.
Postal Workers (APWU) member Chris Czubakowski from Wauwatosa has volunteered for several shifts at the phone banks and says:
I could go on for hours with people I call about why we need to recall Scott Walker. But since everyone has busy lives I usually stick to talking about Scott Walker’s attacks on workers, his attacks on the next generation with his cuts to education and how recalling Gov. Walker is about preserving a strong middle class for Wisconsin.
Just before union volunteers hit the streets and the phone banks at the Milwaukee Area Labor Council recently, Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Fire Fighters (IAFF) of Wisconsin who's running to unseat Kleefisch, told the activists:
Our governor is talking to a billionaire about how he wants to divide and conquer middle-class citizens of our state. They have the money but we have the people and we are ready to do the hard-work of knocking on doors and talking with our friends and neighbors about the June 5 election.
While the main focus is on the race between Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a victory in the state Senate races would swing the balance of power in that chamber.
Thanks to Karen Hickey at the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO for keeping us up to date on the recall actions. You can follow the recall on their blog here. If you live in Wisconsin or are passing through and would like to help, click here for a list of locations where you can volunteer.