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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

 11:31 AM 

Barca, Shankland rip Walker over right-to-work

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, used phrases such as “Looney Tunes” and “weasel words” Wednesday when discussing what he called Gov. Scott Walker’s about-face on so-called right-to-work legislation.

“It is so clear at every step,” Barca said, “that the governor misleads people about what his goals are, what his intentions are.”

During a press conference Wednesday, Barca, who accused Walker of trying to build national support by backing right-to-work, and Assistant Minority Leader Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, presented a video of Walker taken during the debate of Act 10. Barca, prior to the press conference, referred to the video as a “Wisconsin version of Looney Tunes.”

In the video, Walker said Act 10 did not represent a battle with unions.

“If it was, we would have eliminated collective bargaining entirely,” Walker said in the video, “or we would have gone after the private-sector unions.”

In the video, Walker also referred to private-sector unions as "our partners in economic development."

Walker recently has said he would sign right-to-work legislation, which prohibits unions from requiring workers pay union dues or fees.

The timing of right-to-work legislation and Walker’s acknowledgement that he would sign it is not a coincidence, Barca and Shankland said. Rather, they said, it is meant to distract people from Walker’s budget proposal, which, among other things, cuts $300 million from the University of Wisconsin System.

“The governor is not just a flip-flopper,” Shankland said, “he is a master manipulator.”

See the video.


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