Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign announced several state law enforcement unions have endorsed his reelection, despite the overwhelming opposition of most labor unions.
“The Milwaukee Police Association, Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization, and Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association formally announced their endorsement of Governor Scott Walker’s re-election today. The organizations highlighted the governor’s strong commitment to public safety in Wisconsin” a press release from the Walker campaign announced.
“Our police force and firefighters are critical to the safety of Milwaukee and its citizens,” Gov. Walker said in a statement. “My administration is committed to ensuring these professionals have the resources and information they need to serve and protect our communities. In a second term as Governor, we will continue our commitment to the brave men and women of our public safety community.”
The Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization told The Daily Caller News Foundation, that they are “proud to endorse Governor Walker for a well-deserved second term. We know Governor Walker is committed to public safety. He is a proven leader and supporter of Law Enforcement and law enforcement related issues across the State of Wisconsin.”
“Governor Walker understands the complexities law enforcement officers and their supervisors face on a daily basis, as they protect every member of their communities,” the statement continued. “We appreciate and trust Governor Walker to continue his support for keeping our citizens and communities safe.”
In a statement given to TheDCNF from the Milwaukee Police Association (MPA), their president, Michael Crivello, declared, “Governor Walker has demonstrated an absolute unwavering focus towards safer communities and quality of life for Wisconsin citizens – all very evident in his clear vision for Public Safety and continual support of law enforcement.”
MPA is a local chapter of the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA), which is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. On the national level the AFL-CIO has been adamantly opposing Walker.
Walker’s poor standing with unions stems from him winning the enactment of Act 10, a state law that prohibited collective bargaining on anything beyond raises tied to inflation, eliminated automatic union dues deductions from public workers’ paychecks and required these workers to contribute more to their health insurance and pensions.
The AFL-CIO reaffirmed their long held commitment to defeat Walker in a recent radio ad, “We have to hold Gov. Walker accountable, for refusing to raise the minimum wage, for killing paid sick leave in Milwaukee and for making Wisconsin last in jobs in the Midwest.”
Police and fire unions were exempt from Act 10, although there has been talk of extending it to include them.
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