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Walker tries to divide, will not conquer

Scott Walker talks about his planned attacks on working families with billionaire Diane Hendricks (Screenshot from 'As Goes Janesville')
Scott Walker talks about his planned attacks on working families with billionaire Diane Hendricks (Screenshot from As Goes Janesville)
Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker told a top donor that he planned to use "divide and conquer" tactics against Badger State working families. Walker's comments to Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks were caught on video and released this week by documentary filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein (conversation at 7:30 mark of the video). Since the segment was filmed, Hendricks has been Walker's top donor, giving $510,000 to his recall campaign fund.

The video, shot in January 2011 shows Walker explaining his plan to "divide and conquer" working families starting with the "budget repair" bill that attacked public sector collective bargaining in Wisconsin. Despite Walker's tactics, private sector labor unions have stood in solidarity with AFSCME members and other public service workers—marching in Madison, canvassing during last year's state senate recalls and collecting signatures to hold Scott Walker accountable for his divisive tactics on June 5.

Just this week, Walker doubled down on his attempt to divide workers when he reversed course and announced his support for a $100 million infrastructure package he had previously opposed, in an attempt to win the support of the private-sector construction workers. But AFSCME members and our allies from across the Badger State see this move for what it is, a political stunt that Walker is funding with taxpayer dollars.

The fight that started when college students, AFSCME members and progressive allies occupied the statehouse will end in 25 days when Scott Walker and four of his rubber-stamp supporters in the state senate face a recall vote. The campaign to restore workers' rights has been an 18 month marathon that is now an all-out, four-week sprint to June 5.

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