Statements about Labor

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."  

Says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker "literally invented a $3.6 billion deficit."

Says he has exposed plans by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to push legislation that would allow the state to declare financial martial law and take over municipal governments.

Republicans offered Wisconsin bar patrons "free shots (of alcohol) to sign recall petitions against" Democrats.

Says protesters at the Wisconsin state Capitol on the night the state Senate passed collective bargaining changes damaged the windshield of his car.

Says salaries and benefits for Wisconsin state employee comprised 8.5 percent of the 2009-2011 state budget.

Says Wisconsin state Sen. Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac, has already been recalled.

Milwaukee is "the most segregated city in America."

Says Milwaukee County Parks director Sue Black has not received a pay raise in five years.

On his support for sharply limiting collective bargaining by public employees.

Wisconsin was embroiled in a "constitutional crisis" brought on by the Democratic senators fleeing the state for Illinois to block Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill.  

"Eleven years ago, the city of Detroit lifted the residency requirement for police officers and today, 53 percent of officers live outside of the city. If we want the tax base of Milwaukee to resemble the tax base of Detroit, this is the way to go."

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