Statements about Unions

A poll taken "a few months ago" found "70 percent approval or higher" for the Act 10 collective bargaining law.

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.  

Even after collective bargaining reforms, most Wisconsin public employees "are still paying about 12 to 13 percent" of their health insurance premiums, while most state residents who work in the private sector "pay 20 to 25 percent."  

"During my eight years as county executive, we cut the number of county workers by 20 percent."

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."

On residency requirements for public workers

Says Gov. Scott Walker "raises the pay of inmates, but we don't raise the pay of staff in our correctional institutions."

"Before Act 10, the total cost of public sector employees’ employment was 29 percent higher than that in the private sector. After the act, it’s still 22 percent higher."

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."

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

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.

"Mayor Barrett saved Milwaukee $25 million, thanks to Gov. Walker’s reforms."

Says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker "slashed" pensions and benefits for public employees.

Says state Rep. Sandy Pasch, her recall opponent, "voted to allow public school employees to use taxpayer dollars to pick up the tab for…Viagra."

"There are not, nor have there ever been, any boycotts encouraged by our organizations."

Says Milwaukee County spent over $170,000 in salaries in 2010 for employees to "participate in union activities such as collective bargaining."

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