What Happened in Wisconsin

June 06, 2012

This message is from Pres. Gerald W. McEntee and Sec.- Treas. Lee Saunders.

By now you’ve probably heard that Scott Walker survived his recall election. To do so, he spent nearly $50 million.

But with the recall of Sen. Van Wanggaard, a pro-worker majority now controls the Wisconsin Senate and we have dealt a major blow against Walker’s ability to do more damage to the working families of Wisconsin.

We should all be proud of the AFSCME sisters and brothers who came together in Wisconsin and inspired workers across the country to fight back against the orchestrated attacks on the middle class.

The Walker recall was an uphill battle from the very start. This is only the third such recall election in our country’s history, and our odds were made even more difficult by the vast amount of funding that Scott Walker’s cronies flooded Wisconsin with. Combined with his race in 2010, that’s twice now that the Koch brothers and Wall Street have bought Scott Walker the governor's office.

Although we didn’t win, Wisconsin’s working families sent a loud and clear message to anti-worker governors, and their shady corporate backers: Efforts to destroy the rights of workers, and our ability to have a voice on the job, will not go unchallenged. We will take them on, just as we did in Ohio, where we overturned John Kasich’s anti-collective bargaining bill, and in Florida, where we successfully stood up to Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to privatize programs throughout the state.

The spirit of Wisconsin should continue to inspire our commitment to fight even harder. Our success has never depended on any one single battle. We know that from experience. We will win back the rights that Walker and his allies stole from our members.

We will win by remaining strong and united, committed to one another in the fight for America’s future. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while more Americans barely get by. Or we can build a nation where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. That is the kind of country we are fighting for – it is a fight that will not be over until we win – and we’re honored to be standing alongside our members like you. As they say in Wisconsin, one day longer, one day stronger.

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