trumka: labor owes walker a ‘thank you’

National Journal: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has two words for Scott Walker: “Thank You.”

The Wisconsin governor’s plan to restrict collective-bargaining rights for government employees, which unexpectedly passed Wednesday night in the state Senate, has energized the labor movement in a way not seen in a generation, Trumka said.

“We probably should have invited him today to receive the Mobilizer of the Year award. In your lifetime, have you ever seen this much solidarity? Have you ever seen this much excitement?”

….Trumka said the controversy has helped shift the focus away from austerity measures to collective-bargaining rights and the economic health of the middle class. “This is a debate we’ve wanted to have for 20-25 years,” he said. “Well, guess what? Suddenly, the debate came to us. And here’s the most beautiful part of it: We’re winning that debate with the American people,” he said.

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6 Responses to “trumka: labor owes walker a ‘thank you’”

  1. 1 barb
    March 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    What a positive take on affairs by Trumka. His great desire for solidarity has come to him and he is happy and the world is watching. Madison, WI is the pizza capital of the world thanks to …………well…….the world.

  2. 2 Sue in Minnesota
    March 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Come from a position of strength. Well down! Thank you Mr. Trumka.

  3. 3 DoNoHarm
    March 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    WI has energized thousands throughout the country. It’ll be interesting to see Saturday’s rally. As of 3.30p., there’s still no draft of the two separated bills. The WI14 think this is another one of Walker’s tricks, that once they step in, the old bill will be passed. In either case, WI people have to be applauded for what they’re doing. We have a car caravan going to Madison from northern IL, includes republicans too. They could not believe what the repubs are doing. We’re going to clue them in on what they have done. You know, when you’re working and have a family, you change clothes, have dinner, bathe the kids, do the laundry and watch, hmm, 2 1/2 Men and hit the sack. And of all days, Discovery Channel had ‘The Third Reich,’ how easy it was for Hitler to take over. Sounds like……

    • 4 Sue in Minnesota
      March 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Glad you are actively supporting this cause. I’ve donated and have been busy sending e-mails to elected officials. Wish I could do more in person. Let us know about your experiences. We must stay united and strong.

    • March 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      Brilliant, DNH. The reaction to last night is so heartening, I think most sane people are outraged. Even anti-union types seem taken aback by the subversion of democracy in all of this. Good on you for making the effort to go to the rally, it’s that kind of spirit that convinces me this isn’t over.

  4. 6 louc1
    March 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Trumka was just on with Rachel and of course she tried to get him to say the President was not doing or saying enough about the Wisconsin situation. Trumka did not play that game with her and gave all out support and good words to our POTUS! Thank you Mr.Trumka for all you do for the working class and for your unyielding support of President Obama even when Ed, Rachel and the rest try to get you to say otherwise!

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