Walker under fire from progressive TV campaign in Wisconsin

By David Edwards
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:59 EDT
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Progressive groups in Wisconsin are taking their case against Governor Scott Walker (R) to the airwaves.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy for America (DFA) are sponsoring a new ad that features the voices of public workers who would be affected by Walker’s plan to make unions pay more for benefits and strip them of collective bargaining rights.

“Governor Walker and the Republicans just gave over $100 million in tax cuts to corporations, and now they’re asking teachers and nurses to pay for it, and attacking workers rights to negotiate for fair benefits,” one teacher from Madison told viewers.

“It will probably cost us between $400 and $500 a month in income,” Richard Scoby, a graphic designer from Middleton, explained. “I’ve tried not to think about it — just be out here on the square. It’s not selfish. It’s just survival.”

“I believe the issues that are being discussed here in Madison are not unique to Madison or the state of Wisconsin,” Jeremiah Holden, an educator from Madison, said. “These are national issues. Money is being taken away from workers and the tax breaks given to major corporations.”

“This is Republican class warfare, an attack on the middle class,” Kathleen Slamka, an electrician from Oak Creek, declared. “This is a battle we need to win.”

The ad directs viewers to go to WarOnWorkingFamilies.com where they can join an e-mail list and contribute money to the campaign.

The ad came on the heels of a set of robocalls from PCCC and DFA that argue Republican state senators in Wisconsin should be recalled.

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) has also announced an ad of their own supporting Walker.

The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent argues that the RGA “badly distorts” the history of the standoff in Wisconsin by not acknowledging that the unions have already agreed to pay more for their benefits.

“The unions have already agreed to the benefit concessions Walker has asked for, as long as he doesn’t roll back their bargaining rights,” he argued. “Walker has refused. The sticking point has nothing to do with benefits.”

This video is from PCCC, uploaded to YouTube March 1, 2011.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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  • Anonymous

    I wonder if any of the protesters went home to their gov. supplied mansion like Walker does every night. The Dems were right…SHAME on the republicans.

  • Anonymous

    Here are ways to help our Freedom Fighting Wisconsin Collective Bargaining supporters – sisters and brothers -
    at the 15 degree, snowy Capitol in Madison:


  • Anonymous

    Right now I am very frustrated with this campaigns’ failure to state a very obvious and MOST powerful point. If you agree that this is a point to be argued, then please pass it on. It’s this:

    “Non-Union Workers of Wisconsin, what do you think will happen to YOUR WAGES and workers rights if the Unions lose theirs?. If a rising tide lifts all boats, then a low tide grounds them.

    This is not a liberal talking point, just a F-A-C-T”

    C’mon progressives, people think with their pocketbooks. Get this point out there and you’ve WON!
    WTF?! How can we be so right on the issues all the time, yet we always lose the Goddamn fight.

    Get this simple, effective message OUT THERE!

  • Anonymous

    Excellent article on insane Gov. Walker by Keith Olberman:


  • Rush Goofbaugh

    Hmmmmm what is worth 30/hr? The banksters get paid far more than that for destroying the economy. Why don’t we pay them what they are worth… like $1.25…. no wait that’s too much for something that has a negative result. They should pay us 18 trillion! That might be a little short… but hey, it’s a start and we can make corrections as we go… right?

  • Sandi

    Wake up! No one can live on $8 an hour in the U.S. and no one should have to. Unfortunately, all the work We, the People did back in the beginning of the 20th century trying to get decent hours, decent wages, and decent working conditions has been reversed since.

    Ever since the unions got seriously busted in the 70s, this country has gone into the toilet. People need to work twice as hard for half the money. Both parents are forced to work so children are raising themselves. There are few Scout troops, Little Leagues, etc. and teachers must handle classes of over 30 students without parent volunteers. Check out what it was like pre-union: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvluM-qcJY8&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP8H9AaMghI&feature=related

  • Anonymous

    Please name ten of the public employees you allege are being paid “$30/hr to do an $8/hr job.”

    If you can’t back up your words with hard facts, stop purveying corporate propaganda and slandering working people who are much more decent than you will ever be.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent point. This should be blasted across the airwaves. Without unions, ALL workers get screwed.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a great ad. Where have they been the past 30 years?