AFSCME Wisconsin: ‘Governor Scott Walker Has Egg On His Face’

Statement of AFSCME Wisconsin in response to the ruling by the Federal Court in Wisconsin on Act 10

Madison, WI–(ENEWSPF)–April 2, 2012.  “After Friday’s decision by the Federal Court in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker has egg on his face. His budget repair bill, which strips the rights of working people was found to be unconstitutional. If that’s not a sign of radical over-reach then we don’t know what is,” said Marty Beil, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 24.

“Scott Walker was elected on a campaign of lies, and today his attempt to decimate his political foes was dealt a blow of mythic proportions. Make no mistake, this ruling raises the stakes in the recall election, and AFSCME members from across Wisconsin are energized and now more than ever ready to lead the fight in the upcoming recall elections of the governor and state senators. AFSCME will not rest until our members’ rights are restored and Governor Walker’s extreme right-wing agenda is stopped,” added AFSCME Council 48 Executive Director Rich Abelson.

“Workers rights to negotiate for fair wages, safe staffing levels and safe working conditions and collective bargaining are not fully restored by today’s decision. The remedy for Walker’s abuse of power is to take that power away from him in recall election to have a full vindication. The fight continue and will continue until the rights of hardworking public service workers are restored,” concluded Rick Badger, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 40.

AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.