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DIRTY, DIRTY, DIRTY -Union Thugs Target Gov. Walker’s Family in Wisconsin



Billboard Targets State’s Largest Teachers Union

A billboard along the Beltline is getting drivers’ attention with a message targeting the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state’s largest teachers union.
The new sign appeared over the weekend, with the quote, “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, I’ll start representing schoolchildren.” Below the quote is a web address for a group calling itself Recall WEAC, recently formed as a political action committee.
“I think you have a lot of people who get left behind (in the Madison Metropolitan School District),” said Jeff Waksman, of Recall WEAC. “Forty-eight percent of African-Americans are graduating from high school in four years; 52 percent are not. That’s a major problem. The labor unions say we’re not going to change anything, we won’t allow any reform.”
When pressed for examples, Waksman cited the failed Madison Metropolitan School District’s Board of Education vote on Madison Prep, the Urban League-backed charter school designed as an educational alternative for struggling low-income students. He also pointed to the Middleton Education Association fighting the firing of a teacher who viewed porn at school.
“Last I checked, the school district had spent nearly $300,000 on legal fees fighting the union,” he said.
But what about the quote? It’s been frequently attributed to Albert Shanker, longtime president of the United Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. Shanker died in 1997, but many of his contemporaries dispute he ever made the statement.
The Albert Shanker Institute in Washington, D.C., said it has attempted to trace back the quote, finding the earliest instance of the quote in 1985. It appeared in the Meridian Star in Meridian, Miss. The article has no byline and attributes the quote to Shanker as something he said “a couple of years ago.”
For Waksman, none of that matters.
“Whether he said the quote or not, it describes exactly what teachers unions do. It describes the duty of fair representation,” Waksman said.
WEAC gave WISC-TV a statement regarding the billboard.
“This is just another smear campaign by anti-union, anti-public education and anti-teacher groups. It’s yet another example of the divisive politics Wisconsin has experienced over the last 15 months under (Gov.) Scott Walker,” WEAC said in the statement.
Waksman said his group is bipartisan and the $3,700 billboard was funded by members of both political parties. He said he hopes it will spark discussion about the state of education in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin governor recall petitions to be filed

Organizers of a drive to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said they have far more signatures than they need to file on Tuesday to force the controversial Republican to defend his seat in a special election barely a year into his first term.

Recall officials expect to turn in far more than the 540,208 signatures required on Tuesday to force a special election, a milestone in their effort to recall Walker and slow an agenda that has diminished the power of public unions.

If the state Government Accountability Board, the agency charged with validating the petitions, determines enough valid signatures have been gathered, it will set a recall election for Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

Only two governors in U.S. history have been successfully recalled — California’s Gray Davis in 2003 and Lynn Frazier of North Dakota in 1921.

No Democrat has emerged to run against Walker, although Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who ran for governor against Walker in 2010, and Secretary of State Doug La Follette have been mentioned as possible candidates.

Others include former congressman Dave Obey, state Senator Jon Erpenbach and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.By law, organizers had only 60 days to conduct the formal petition drive, which they launched in November with thousands of volunteers fanning out across Wisconsin.

The roots of the drive stretch back nearly a year to efforts by Walker and the Republican-controlled state legislature to pass a raft of controversial measures that included strict limits on the union rights of public employees.

The anti-union measures triggered weeks of mass protests in Madison and a fierce political backlash from Democrats and union supporters.

Walker defended the measures as necessary to address a budget gap and to make Wisconsin attractive to employers.

Backing his agenda, which also included passage of voter identification and looser gun laws, six Republican senators and Walker allies faced recall last summer. Three Democratic senators who opposed the measures also faced recall.

Of those, two lost their seats to Republican challengers.

Along with the governor and lieutenant governor, as many as 17 state senators — 11 Republicans and six Democrats — could face recall elections this year in Wisconsin.

The contests could tip the balance of power in the state senate, where Republicans hold a slim 17-16 majority.

On Friday, organizers of a separate effort to recall Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said they had enough signatures to force the Republican to defend his seat in a special election.

Fitzgerald has filed a complaint with the GAB, claiming recall organizers took too long to collect signatures.

According to a GAB report, processing the Walker recall petitions will cost the state more than $650,000, including the purchase of software and staff time. The total cost of recall elections for the state and municipalities may be more than $9 million, according to estimates from GAB officials.

Comment by Corkie Taylor-WashingtonWe already know that Obama is behind this. We know that AFL-CIO Union thug Richard Trumka is behind this and we know that state “outsiders” are behind this.
Governor Scott Walker NEEDS our help! Without our help he will lose his elected position from the onslaught of left wing lunacy that want to unseat him because of his conservative values and love for his state to bring it out of Obama debt! Don’t forget the Democrat elected officials who ran and hid in order to shirk their civil duties to create a budget that would bring Wisconsin out of debt. They along with their cheat and liar in Chief of the United States, Barack Obama are out for his head.
Please, do what you can do to help him even if it’s a word of encouragement. He has only been able to raise aprox. 5 million for his defence. Much of that from outside sources.
America NEEDS Scott Walker!

Gov Walker Explodes Union Lies on ‘Meet the Press’

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he won’t cave in to union and Democratic demands that he compromise on his effort to curb employee benefit programs. He also vows he won’t “kick the can down the street” when it comes to dealing with his state’s fiscal woes.

Appearing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with David Gregory, Walker laid out his plan to save his state from fiscal bankruptcy while destroying several false claims about his legislation, which Senate Democrats are delaying by refusing to appear for a final vote.

Among the significant issues covered during his “Meet the Press” interview, Walker:

  • Denied he is destroying public employee unions.

His proposed law still allows public employee unions to exist and engage in collective bargaining for their wages. The state denies the unions the use of collective bargaining to seek pension and health benefits.

  • Claimed that unions are not acting in good faith.

Public employee unions have been claiming they will accept cutbacks in their benefits, but Walker says they can’t be trusted and have been rushing through contracts that give their members extravagant benefit packages.

Walker told Gregory: “We [have] seen that actions speak louder than words. For us to balance the $3.6 billion deficit we have — but not only now, but to ensure we can continue to do that in the future so our kids don’t inherit these same dire consequences — we’ve got to have assurances. And over the past two weeks, even after they made those promises, we’ve seen local union after local union rush to their school boards, their city councils, their technical school boards and rush through contracts in the past two weeks that had no contributions to the pension and no contribution to health care. And, in fact, in one case in Janesville, they actually were pushing through a pay increase. Actions do speak louder than words.”

  • Explained that the law helps local governments curb union demands.

Walker said: “This bill precisely helps local governments, and it’s effective once it passes. In fact, we’re, we’re facing a $3.6 billion deficit. Like nearly every other state across the country, we’re going to have to cut more than a billion dollars from our schools and local governments. You know, in New York and California, where there are Democrats for governors, they’re doing that. The difference here is, with this budget repair bill, we give those schools and local governments more — almost a billion and a half dollars worth of savings. So the savings they get from our budget repair bill exceed the amount.”

  • Said public employee unions are making unusual demands on taxpayers.

Walker said: “In Wisconsin, a great example of that is, we have, in many of our school districts, a requirement through collective bargaining contracts that they have to buy their health insurance from a company that’s owned by our state teacher’s union, WA Trust. Because of that, it costs them up to $68 million more than if they could just buy it from the state employee healthcare plan. Those are real costs about putting real money in the classroom instead of into these collective bargaining agreements.”

  • Pointed out his new plan is consistent with how the federal government handles many employees.

Walker explained: “Well, our proposal is less restrictive than the federal government is today. Under Barack Obama, he presides over a federal government where most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for, for benefits, nor for pay. So what we’re asking for is something less restrictive than what the federal government has.”

  • Explained why police and firemen are exempt from his new law.

Walker said: “We saw two weeks ago, when this debate first started, teachers here in Madison walked off the job for three days. Now, that was an inconvenience for a lot of parents. I know I’ve got two public — kids in public school. Anytime you have a disturbance like that, it’s an inconvenience. But that, contrasted to the fact that even if there was one jurisdiction across the state where firefighters or police officers weren’t on the job in full force, I can’t afford to have a fire or crime committed where there’s a gap in service. And it ultimately just boils down to public safety.”

Walker concluded by telling Gregory that he stands by his statement, “This is our moment, this is our time to change the course of history.”

Walker told Gregory: “It’s one of those where, for year after year after year, not just the last governor, but governors before, legislatures before, have kicked the can. They’ve taken one-time fixes to push the budget problems off into the future. We can’t do that. We’re broke. Like nearly every other state across the country, we’re broke. And it’s about time somebody stood up and told the truth in this state and said, ‘Here’s our problem. Here’s the solution,’ and acted on it. Because, if we don’t, we fail to make a commitment to the future. Our children will face even more dire consequences than what we face today.”