Big Government Labor Union Leaders Go All Out for Falk in Last-Minute Push

MacIver News Service | May 3, 2012

[Madison, Wisc..] With their favored candidate for Governor trailing in the polls despite benefiting from more than $5 million in support, Big Government Labor Unions are going all out for a last-minute grassroots blitz in the final weekend before next Tuesday’s Primary.

The local chapters of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees are gathering at more than thirty staging areas in communities throughout Wisconsin to make calls and go door-to-door for former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.

Falk, the endorsed candidate of most of the state’s public employee unions, is trailing Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in every publicly-released poll, including a recent survey released this week by Marquette University. That poll had Barrett up 38-21 over Falk. Running a distant third and fourth in the poll were Secretary of State Doug La Follette (8) and State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (6). La Follette and Vinehout could play spoiler, however, helping Barrett achieve a victory with a plurality, but not majority, of Primary votes Tuesday.

To assist Falk, Big Government labor union leaders have already pumped more than $5 million into the WI for Falk Super PAC, with AFSCME spending $1.2 million to-date.

With Barrett in the lead, the Big Government labor union leadership is scrambling. Six AFSMCE leaders sent out this urgent email yesterday, announcing a massive effort to mobilize public employees for Kathleen Falk.

Dear xxx,

With the May 8th Primary Election fast approaching, we want to share with you the schedule for the get out the vote (GOTV) efforts.

Making sure our like-minded neighbors, friends and co-workers get out and vote is absolutely critical to our success.

Listed below are staging areas for GOTV activities supporting AFSCME endorsed candidates in the primary, including Kathleen Falk for Governor and Mahlon Mitchell for Lt. Governor.

Republicans are again fielding fake Democrats in the primaries, so it’s important to make sure Republican crossover votes don’t derail the real Democrats, especially in the Lt. Governor and State Senate races.

Our endorsed Senate candidates are John Lehman in District 21, Kristen Dexter in District 23, Donna Siedel in District 29 and Lori Compas in District 13.

Please find the staging location most convenient for you and come out and help for a few hours.

We know you’ve done so much to get us this far. Falling short now is not an option. Please join us in the coming days to make sure our friends make it through the May 8 primary in good shape.

Then it’s on to the main event – the recall of Walker and his followers on June 5.

Thank you for all you do.

In solidarity,

Jim Garity, President
AFSCME Council 40

Paulette Feld, President
AFSCME Council 24

Brian Stafford, President
AFSCME Council 48

Rick Badger, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 40

Marty Beil, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 24

Rich Abelson, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 48

Primary GOTV Schedule & Staging Locations

Schedule All staging locations will be running the following shifts during primary GOTV

Saturday, May 5th – 9am to Noon; Noon to 3pm; 3pm to 6pm; 5pm to 8pm

Sunday, May 6th – Noon to 3pm; 3pm to 6pm; 5pm to 8pm

Monday, May 7th – 9am to Noon; Noon to 3pm; 3pm to 6pm; 5pm to 8pm

Tuesday, May 8th – 9am to Noon; Noon to 3pm; 3pm to6pm; 5pm to 8pm

Sign up here for one of the below locations.

Staging Locations

Milwaukee Area Labor Council – 633 S. Hawley Road, Milwaukee, WI 53214

WI for Falk Office – 8431 W. Cleveland Avenue, West Allis, WI 53227
WI for Falk Office – 701 W. National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204
WI for Falk Office – 6918 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53223
WI for Falk Office – 2510 East Capitol Drive, Shorewood, WI 53211

Madison Labor Temple – 1602 S. Park Street, Madison,
WI 53715
WI for Falk Staging Area – Liberty Park Pavilion – Mount Horeb, WI
WI for Falk Office – 1571 Ivory Drive, Sun Prairie, W 53590
WI for Falk Office – 412 S. Baldwin Street, Madison, WI 53703
WI for Falk Office – 122 State Street, 5th Floor, Madison, WI 53703
WI for Falk Office/AFT-WI – 6602 Normandy Lane, Madison, WI 53719

Northeast WI/Fox Valley
WI for Falk Office – 325 Towbridge Drive, Fond du Lac, WI 54937
WI for Falk Office – 1104 Wisconsin Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 54081
WI for Falk Staging Area – 1124 Washington Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220
Winnebago Labor Hall – 2211 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902
WI for Falk Office – 2256 Main Street, Green Bay, WI 54302
WI for Falk Office – 614 W. College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911

SD 13 & Waukesha
WI for Falk & We Are WI Office – 916 Clinton Street, Waukesha, WI 53186
WI for Falk & We Are WI Staging Area – 1015 Labaree Street, Watertown, WI 53098

SD 21/Racine
Racine Labor Temple – 1840 Sycamore Avenue, Racine, WI 53406

SD 23/Eau Claire & Chippewa Falls
Eau Claire WEAC Office – 2004Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Eau Claire Labor Temple (member-to-member phones only) – 2233 Birch Street, Eau Claire, WI 54703
WI for Falk Office – 1219 Menomonie Street, Eau Claire, WI 54703
WI for Falk Office – 1 North Bridge Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

WI for Falk Office – 105 21st Street. N., Menomonie, WI 54751

La Crosse
IAMAW District 66 – 1307 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601

SD 29/Wausau
WI for Falk & We Are WI Office – 120 Clark Street, Wausau, WI 54401

North-Central WI
WI for Falk Staging Area – 1901 W. River Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501
WI for Falk Office – 1205 2nd Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481

WI for Falk Staging Area – 916 Hammond Avenue, Superior, WI 54880

This is a Wisconsin statute 11.29 communication to members and subscribers. Paid for by Wisconsin PEOPLE Conference PAC, Doug Burnett, Treasurer.