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Feb
11

“an assault on unions”

Interview with TMJ4 in Milwaukee, February 16

Washington Post: Obama voices strong support for Wisconsin public employees: With the standoff continuing to rage over Governor Scott Walker’s push to strip public employees of bargaining rights, Obama has now waded into the debate, denouncing Walker’s proposal as an “assault on unions.” In an interview with local WTMJ-TV Obama said we all need to “make some adjustments to new fiscal realities,” but insisted it’s important not to “vilify” public employees and described them as “our neighbors, our friends”:

“Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally seems like more of an assault on unions. And I think it’s very important for us to understand that public employees, they’re our neighbors, they’re our friends. These are folks who are teachers and they’re firefighters and they’re social workers and they’re police officers. They make a lot of sacrifices and make a big contribution. And I think it’s important not to vilify them or to suggest that somehow all these budget problems are due to public employees.”

Obama’s comments – which put him squarely in opposition to the right’s ongoing campaign to scapegoat public workers for our economic woes – could draw more national media attention to a story that’s mostly unfolded so far online.




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