Barca, Shankland call Walker ‘deceitful’
Right-to-Work bill distracts from "incredibly harmful" budget, they say
MADISON – Today, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and Assistant Democratic Leader Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) shared an important video that highlights Governor Walker’s stance on the Republicans’ extreme “Right to Work” proposal.
The video shows Governor Walker discussing the importance of private-sector unions during the Act 10 debate.
The Governor said: “The bill I put forward isn’t aimed at state workers, and it certainly isn’t a battle with unions. If it was, we would have eliminated collective bargaining entirely or we would have gone after the private-sector unions. But we did not because they are our partners in economic development. We need them to help us put 250,000 people to work in the private sector over the next four years.”
Representatives Barca and Shankland today urged accountability for Governor Walker on his deceitful actions on RTW and highlighted the fact that its timing is intended to distract the people of Wisconsin from the incredibly harmful Walker budget.
“The Governor is not just a flip-flopper, he is a master manipulator,” Rep. Shankland added. “There is little doubt that Governor Walker is using this issue to curry favor with right-wing funding sources and distract from his $2.2 billion budget deficit and a state economy that lags behind most of the nation. Democrats are not going to stand idly by as he further harms the middle-class workers and families who are the backbone of this state.”
“This Right to Work distraction is just one more piece of Governor Walker’s concerted effort to hide the damage he’s done to Wisconsin in order to boost his national profile,” Rep. Barca added. “Make no mistake – this is a dramatic and destructive piece of legislation that will result in a huge hit to the middle class. And the timing of this is so clearly meant to cover up the governor’s harmful budget.”
Recent Press Releases by State Rep. Peter Barca
"Along with my Democratic colleagues, I’ll work tirelessly to make this a better deal."
"It’s clear that Republicans are trying to rush through the process to avoid as much scrutiny as possible."