Right-Wing Falsehood Revealed: Walker Did Not Campaign On Eliminating Collective Bargaining

Posted by | February 23, 2011 09:56 | Filed under: Top Stories

One of the canards we keep hearing is that Wisconsin governor campaigned on what he is proposing in his budget repair bill, including eliminating collective bargaining rights.  That is debunked by PolitiFact. Walker has insisted this was his campaign agenda.

“The simple matter is I campaigned on this all throughout the election. Anybody who says they are shocked on this has been asleep for the past two years.”

The statement echoed one at Feb. 17 news conference, in which Walker was even more emphatic that he campaigned on all the changes included in the entire budget-repair measure — not just forcing employees to pay more for health and pension costs.

The sweeping changes Walker is proposing were nowhere to be found during his campaign:

Walker, who offered many specific proposals during the campaign, did not go public with even the bare-bones of his multi-faceted plans to sharply curb collective bargaining rights. He could not point to any statements where he did. We could find none either.

While Walker often talked about employees paying more for pensions and health care, in his budget-repair bill he connected it to collective bargaining changes that were far different from his campaign rhetoric in terms of how far his plan goes and the way it would be accomplished.

We rate his statement False.

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By: Alan

Alan Colmes is the publisher of Liberaland.

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