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Teamsters Denounce Walker Budget

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Says Anti-Worker Proposal Will Kill Jobs

GREEN BAY, Wisc., Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wisconsin Teamsters are overwhelmingly opposed to Gov. Scot Walker's job-killing budget proposal, said Fred Gegare, president of Teamsters Joint Council 39.

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"Wisconsin needs three things right now: jobs, jobs and more jobs," said Gegare. "We do not need a budget that destroys jobs and lowers the standard of living for everyone in the state.

"Walker's budget plan is a partisan, job-killing proposal aimed at punishing his political enemies and rewarding his political backers. Walker claims to be the original Tea Party in Wisconsin. The Tea Party was founded by the billionaire Koch brothers who for years have been trying to bust unions and lower workers' wages and benefits.

"It's time for Walker to quit playing politics with people's livelihoods. Government workers did not cause Wisconsin's budget problems; the recession did. Government workers should not be punished because Wall Street's recklessness caused this recession.

"Walker has already killed hundreds of jobs in Milwaukee by getting the high-speed rail project killed. It looks like he was just getting warmed up," Gegare said.

SOURCE Teamsters Joint Council 39

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