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This is an excellent ad.
Governor Walker, public employees have agreed to the cuts you asked for, and now they're simply asking that you not take away their rights. We stand together or we fall together, and we're asking the people of Wisconsin to stand with us."
On the back of a new union poll suggesting the Wisconsin public is ready to stand with the protesters gathered in and around the Capitol in Madison, a coalition of unions is going on air in the Badger State with an ad calling on the public to do just that.
As Greg Sargent first reported, the AFL-CIO, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and others are paying for the spot, which features a Racine, WI firefighter urging Gov. Scott Walker (R) not to ban collective bargaining for teachers, nurses and other unionized state employees.
"They're simply asking that you not take away their rights," the firefighter says.
The ad also talks about the wage and benefits concessions the unions have already offered as the battle has dragged on in Wisconsin. The AFL-CIO says that letting voters know about the compromises offered by labor so far is a winning move for the workers and their supporters across the state.
The ad is so good that even Bill O'Reilly admired it.
By the way FOX was busted for lying about recent poll results about the WI protests. What a shock.
In a segment of Fox & Friends, the faux news network apparently didn’t like the results of an USA Today/Gallup poll that showed that 61 percent of Americans oppose measures like Wis. Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) that eliminate the right of public workers to bargaining for good jobs. The poll found just 31 percent agreed with Walker.
But, as Think Progress’ Zaid Jilani points out today, Fox, “with incredible brazenness” simply reversed the numbers.
Think Progress has the graphic and much more.