Barrett reveals plan for restoring collective bargaining powers
WTMJ News Team
MILWAUKEE- Tom Barrett revealed Thursday what he would do to restore collective bargaining rights for state employees.
With just two and a half weeks to go until the recall primary, Democratic candidates for governor are working to get voters on their side.
"As governor, I will end the civil war," announced Barrett. "I will embark on a plan to restore collective bargaining rights for public workers in this state."
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he would take several steps, if needed to restore collective bargaining rights. "Call a special session and to bring the Senate in and bring the Assembly in and introduce a bill that would restore collective bargaining rights for public employees in the state," said Barrett.
But fellow Democratic candidates are arguing Barrett can't win on the issue of collective bargaining. "I think there's a lot of gimmicks like special sessions and putting it in the budget. That won't work," said Secretary of State Doug La Follette.
Kathleen Falk argues that many of the state's major unions have backed her, especially on collective bargaining, saying in a statement.
"They've looked at all the candidates and they've made a near-unanimous choice."
TODAY'S TMJ4's Lacey Crisp: "How do you plan on swaying democratic voters in the primary given the fact that you used some of governor walker's collective bargaining tools in your budget?"
Tom Barrett: "I was handed a budget and handed a deck of cards from the state that included a $15 million cut. At the local level, you can't print money."
Mayor Barrett says collective bargaining and jobs are going to be the top issues in this recall campaign.