Statements about Labor
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
"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."
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.
"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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