AFL Goes On The Attack In Wisconsin Over Rollback Of Worker Rights (VIDEO)


Workers and their allies in Wisconsin are gearing up for a drawn out fight with the state’s new Republican governor Scott Walker.

On Friday, Walker announced a plan to roll back state government employee rights by decades, and has called on the Wisconsin legislature to enact it quickly.

Unions and progressives went into rapid response mode. Some even suggested quietly that Walker might face a recall over this proposal.But in the meantime they’re attacking him and his plan in the media and with TV and radio ads in the state.

Here’s one, running statewide on cable and broadcast TV, sponsored by Wisconsin AFL-CIO. It’s aimed at state senate and assembly members, who will ultimately decide whether Walker gets his way.

In November, Republicans took over the legislature and the governor’s mansion in Wisconsin. The question for now is whether this plan is too far-reaching even for them.


Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at