AFL-CIO: Wisconsin Recall Is Beginning, Not An End, As Union voters Go 75-25 Percent Against Walker

Doug Cunningham, Workers Independent News, June 7, 2012

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says, despite Walker’s win in Wisconsin, union voters overwhelmingly backed Walker opponent Tom Barrett in the historic recall election. A Hart Research Associates poll shows union voters voted against Walker by a 75 to 25 percent margin. Among public sector union members it was 85 – 15 percent against Walker. Trumka says this isn’t the end of the story, but the beginning.

“We have been awed by the tremendous outpouring of solidarity and energy from Wisconsin’s working families, against some pretty overwhelming odds. The new model that Wisconsin’s working families have built won’t go away after one election - it will only grow.”

Wisconsin voters recalled a Republican State Senate ally of Walker’s, returning the state senate to Democratic control. Trumka says the Wisconsin recall is not the crystal ball that predicts the future. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO meanwhile says while Walker was shielded by corporate cash, Wisconsin made its voice heard and the groundwork was laid for a powerful movement to push back against extremist policies everywhere.