Press Release

AFT Statement on Wisconsin Recall Election Results

For Release: 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Contact:

Carolyn Fiddler
202/393-6355
cfiddler@aft.org

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten released the following statement on the results of Tuesday's recall elections in Wisconsin.

"Wisconsinites have spoken, and while the outcome of the effort to recall Gov. Walker is a disappointment, it doesn't diminish the extraordinary efforts by teachers, nurses, firefighters and the working people of Wisconsin to have Gov. Walker answer for his actions. The recall was always about ensuring that even in tough times, people have a voice in decisions that affect their lives. We hope Gov. Walker sees that and uses this moment to forge a new path and commit to working with—and not against—the public employees of the state.

"Wisconsin's working families, while hugely outspent, should be proud of their efforts. These results only reinforce the harmful impact Citizens United is having on our democracy, as corporations and anti-worker special interests were able to funnel more than $50 million into Wisconsin to drown out the voices of working people. While we fell short of our goal, we were able to win a pro-middle class majority in the state Senate, which will help bring back some balance to state government and mitigate further attacks on working families."

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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.