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Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2015) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on Wisconsin Gov. Walker's action to sign so-called "right-to-work" into law:
With today’s attack on the middle class by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, half of the states in our nation have now implemented so-called “right-to-work” legislation. That leaves only half of the country in states where working people have the freedom to prosper by joining together in unions.
The tide of anti-prosperity legislation, financed by far-right extremist tycoons who buy governors such as Walker, is particularly an assault on those who work with their hands and service the great state of Wisconsin. It is by having the freedom to join together in a union that construction workers build careers, earn family-supporting pay and stay safer on the job. It is through unions that wage disparities are reduced or eliminated.
As the Wisconsin governor darts around the world seeking money for his Presidential campaign, he has made clear that his vision for America is one of dramatically increased income inequality, class warfare waged by the rich, and shrinking rights for all but a wealthy elite.
We will continue to inform and mobilize our members to fight for America. Our country is not about deceptive slogans and low-wage work, but rather about opportunity and the freedom of our families to prosper.