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Wisconsinite Ken Larson interviewed as Governor Walker was signing the union-busting bill into law. From Tina Dupuy.
Transcript below the fold.
Open thread below...
So tell me your name?
And where do you work?
I work for the University. I work for the elevator crew, and in the electric shop.
And this year, you're retiring?
Yes, I'm retiring in June, prompted by all of the goings on. I had planned to retire in December, but I can't take the chance.
And how many years do you have in?
I have, with the University, seventeen years.
And what does this mean to you?
Aw this, it started out, to me, as an issue between collective bargaining, and the fact that, uh...[breaks down]
I'm a Vietnam vet. That's alright.
But when he talked about the National Guard, it became personal.
He talked about bringing out the Guard, you know, hinting that the Guard would be called, it became personal. But I'm over all that now, that's why what's really personal to us all, is [pauses to collect himself]
...are my grandchildren. I don't want them to be deprived, because this guy has to give it to millionaires. He doesn't deserve that. My kids, my grandkids deserve everything. So this became personal to me, very personal now, because of all the families, the poor, and moderate-income families that he's depriving of a better life.
That's the best I can say.