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The nation’s largest public sector union is mounting an intense effort to eject Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office this fall, determined to oust the Republican who punctured the power of organized labor in the state.
“We have a score to settle with Scott Walker,” Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said in his first interview about the union's midterm strategy.
“He took collective bargaining away from us,” Saunders added, noting that the union was first started in the 1930s by state employees in Madison. “He stole our voices, in a state where we were born.”
A spokeswoman for Walker, who is in a tough reelection fight, did not respond to requests for comment.
Walker is in a tough reelection fight against Democratic challenger Mary Burke.
Alleigh Marre, a spokeswoman for the governor, said in a statement that “the big government union bosses are bitter about Governor Walker's reforms which have saved taxpayers $3 billion to date, and they're going to stop at nothing to undo the recall by bankrolling Mary Burke's campaign.”
“When the union bosses say they 'have a score to settle with Scott Walker,' they really mean Wisconsin taxpayers because that's who Governor Walker is protecting with his reforms,” Marre added.
Saunders said the...