April 22, 2015
By Henry Garrido, executive director, DC37
[Editor's Note: The following comes on the heels of Governor Scott Walker's visit to the Union League Club in New York City over the weekend. Members of organized labor stood outside in protest.] We came out to show presidential-wannabe Scott Walker that he is persona non grata in New York City. This is a labor town with a rich history of activism, and there is no place for enemies of hard-working public workers.
In 2011, he was one of the first Republican governors to assault public workers’ rights by signing a bill that dismantled collective bargaining rights.
In March 2015, he once again demonstrated his contempt for all workers by signing a ‘right-to-work-for-less’ bill.
More recently, he compared peaceful Wisconsin protesters, public service workers and union members to terrorists.
Clearly, he is no friend of the American worker. And he is not welcome in our town.
Walker’s job approval rating in Wisconsin has fallen to 41 percent, according to the latest Marquette Law School poll. Under his leadership, the Wisconsin economy continues to lag behind most of the rest of the country.
Working families everywhere will continue to work against this extremist governor and for the rights of working families to bargain for pay, benefits and working conditions.