Statements about Labor
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."
Thirty-seven percent of Central Falls’ retired police officers and firefighters are out on disability pensions; in most municipalities, about 5 percent of retirees collect disability pensions.
Statistically, law-enforcement officers die 10 years earlier than the general population.
"The average 401(k) in America of a person who's 60 years old is under $100,000."
Says many public-employee unions falsely told their Wisconsin members his budget-repair bill sought 12 percent to 13 percent of their incomes for health insurance premiums.
Forty percent of union members voted Republican in 2008.
From 1947 to 1979, family incomes for rich, middle-income and poor Americans grew about the same rate. But since 1979, incomes for rich families have grown much faster.
"Protesters caused $7.5 million in damage to the Wisconsin State House"
"Two thirds of the people in Wisconsin strongly disagree with this idea of permanently taking away people’s rights to collective bargaining."
Protesters "attacked" the group’s headquarters with "graffiti on the sidewalk" and "stenciled images … smeared on the building and statue."
"Abraham Lincoln (once) jumped out of a window in the Illinois Legislature in order to deny a quorum."
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