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Monday, September 13, 2010

 2:10 PM 

AFL-CIO calls Johnson 'anti-union'

About 91,000 Wisconsin households will be getting in the next couple days that reads "Ron Johnson's workers don’t have a union, and that’s the way he likes it."

The mailer, from the state AFL-CIO, is part of a nationwide campaign by the union that will send out 2 million mail pieces focusing on gubernatorial, Senate, and House races. Wisconsin State AFL-CIO executive vice president Sara Rogers said the mailer is just the first to come.

"We will do whatever we need to do to get the message out that Ron Johnson is not for working families," she said.

Johnson, who is expected to easily emerge from the Republican primary tomorrow to take on incumbent Dem U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, owns plastics company Pacur in Oshkosh. The mailer quotes a line from the Pacur company manual that states "Pacur is a non-union plant and is dedicated to stay that way."

The mailer also accuses Johnson of wanting to "gut" pension benefits and cut employment benefits.

"Wisconsin workers can't trust Ron Johnson," the mailer reads, and reminds members that Feingold is endorsed by the union.

Rogers said the AFL-CIO will also weigh in on the Wisconsin governor's race, the 7th and 8th Congressional district races, and a handful of state Senate and Assembly races. Besides mailers, those efforts include phone banks and door-to-door visits.


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