Statements about Labor
On using Gov. Scott Walker’s collective-bargaining limits to help balance the city of Milwaukee budget
Congressional Republicans have introduced dozens of bills on social issues and other topics, but "zero on job creation."
"This is the first time in our state, and one of the first times in the country, where benefit reductions . . . has happened to people who are retired."
"The city of Columbus would save $41 million a year if employees had to contribute to their own, guaranteed-check pensions."
Says the reforms in state Issue 2 "will save taxpayer dollars"
Says the National Labor Relations Board told Boeing that it "can't build a factory in a non-union state."
Says he never called teachers "thugs" and has said nothing but "great things" about them during the fight over his curbs on unions
"We just can’t afford to pay 100 percent of government employee benefits."
Say the ratio of CEO pay to average worker pay in the U.S. is 475 to 1.
"Senate Bill 5 makes it harder for nurses to give the patients the quality care they need."
Says that politicians who approved collective bargaining restrictions for public employees "exploited a loophole exempting themselves from Senate Bill 5."
"We have asked public employees to pay 10 percent of the costs of their guaranteed pension and 15 percent of the cost of their health care. ... The leadership of those public employees unions don't want to pay anything."
"In the past six years alone, changes to the pension formula … have saved over half a billion dollars."
Toledo Mayor "Mike Bell (once) lost his job as a firefighter because his city ran out of money."
"Two-thirds of Granite Staters oppose the Tea Party" and its agenda on labor unions.
"I asked the unions to pay into their own health care insurance ... and they said I was being unreasonable. I requested that they contribute toward their own pensions ... and they screamed it was unfair."
"Issue 2 makes it illegal for us to negotiate for enough firefighters to do the job."
Says Oregon state employees received a "catch-up" pay raise in 1981 -- just two years after they agreed not to take a raise in exchange for a retirement benefit.
"The ratio of corporate profits to wages is now higher than at any time since just before the Great Depression."
The Central Falls fire department is "one of the lowest, if not the lowest, paid fire departments in the state and entire region."
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