Latest True Fact-checks in Unions Joe Biden stated on December 12, 2019 in a campaign ad: California firefighters decided "to speak out" against President Trump because his tweet about the state’s wildfires "contained so much misinformation." Eric Holcomb stated on October 24, 2017 in a campaign ad: "We’re growing union jobs faster than Illinois." Thomas Perez stated on June 18, 2016 in an interview.: "If you are a member of union, your median weekly income is roughly $200 more than if you are a nonunion member, and that doesn’t include benefits." Russ Feingold stated on August 18, 2015 in a speech: Says Ron Johnson "opposes entirely a federal minimum wage," except perhaps for "guest workers." Jorge Elorza stated on September 30, 2014 in a Providence Journal-WPRI debate: "We have a retiree that is collecting a $17,000 paycheck a month . . . tax free." Scott Walker stated on November 13, 2013 in a book: "During my eight years as county executive, we cut the number of county workers by 20 percent." Scott Walker stated on July 29, 2013 in a speech: 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." Portland Public Schools stated on January 22, 2013 in a letter to Portlanders: Says "PPS employees have paid their own PERS contributions for many years." Mahlon Mitchell stated on June 12, 2012 in a news release: 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." Chris Christie stated on March 23, 2012 in an appearance at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University: "To get out of the (teachers) union, you pay 85 percent of $731. Then you're out of the union, but you've got to pay it every year, also required by statute. That’s called a representation fee." Kathleen Falk stated on January 8, 2012 in a TV interview: 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. Building a Better Ohio stated on September 6, 2011 in a campaign commercial: Toledo Mayor "Mike Bell (once) lost his job as a firefighter because his city ran out of money." Scott Walker stated on February 22, 2011 in a news release: Says Milwaukee County spent over $170,000 in salaries in 2010 for employees to "participate in union activities such as collective bargaining." Sherrod Brown stated on April 14, 2011 in a Senate committee hearing: "Foreign companies in the United States have a significantly higher unionization rate than other companies overall."