Statements about Labor

Wisconsin is "one of the bluest" states, but under Scott Walker its unemployment rate "is around 3.5%."

"The only time over the last 25 years when the state’s unemployment rate exceeded the U.S. average was when (Mary) Burke was commerce secretary."  

"Jobs that involve the minimum wage are overwhelmingly jobs for young people starting out in the workforce."

Protesters in La Crosse blocked an exit and surrounded a State Patrol car carrying the governor and were "beating on the windows and rocking the vehicle." When the car was "extricated" from the crowd, a truck blocked a second exit.  

"The Walton family, which owns Wal-Mart, controls a fortune equal to the wealth of the bottom 42 percent of Americans combined."

Says President Franklin Delano Roosevelt "felt there wasn’t a need in the public sector to have collective bargaining because the government is the people."

As Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney used a line-item veto to cut "millions of dollars for firefighting equipment," including firefighters' "coats, pants, helmets and boots."

"Minnesota has passed and Indiana has passed" right to work laws making union membership and dues optional

"While Act 10 allowed (Milwaukee County) to save some money, it was millions short of what we needed to fill the hole left by the $28 million cut in state aid."

Says Democratic recall opponent Mahlon Mitchell sent a letter "encouraging folks to boycott more than 100 companies."

The salaries of Wisconsin’s best-educated public school teachers were "slashed" by Gov. Scott Walker through a recent administrative rule change.

Wisconsin women "are paid 81 cents to the dollar of a man doing the same job."

In labor negotiations with city employees, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett "demanded concessions that went beyond those mandated" by Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining law

"We gave every public employee in the state the freedom to choose whether or not they want to be in a union."

Says gubernatorial recall candidate Tom Barrett supported passage of Gov. Scott Walker’s bill stripping collective bargaining of state employees.

Says she got unions to agree to "about $10 million in reduction" of salaries and health benefits while serving as Dane County executive in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s monthly job reports have a "margin of error" of 75 percent and were "way off" in eight of first 10 months of 2011.

Says some Wisconsin state employee contracts "gave some employees $4 for bringing in their own lunch."

On using Gov. Scott Walker’s collective-bargaining limits to help balance the city of Milwaukee budget

Says he never called teachers "thugs" and has said nothing but "great things" about them during the fight over his curbs on unions

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