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1 STANDING TOGETHER: THE BATTLES BEFORE US

2 Who’s Behind the Attacks on Workers?

3 Anti-Union Attack Network: Right to Work CASTLE ROCK FOUNDATION JOHN M. OLIN FOUNDATION WILSON FAMILY FOUNDATION SARAH SCAIFE FOUNDATION LYNDE & HARRY BRADLEY FOUNDATION CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF POPULAR CULTURE HERITAGE FOUNDATION FEDERATION FOR AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM FREE CONGRESS FOUNDATION AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM CATO INSTITUTE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE NATIONAL RIGHT TO WORK

4 Koch Brothers and Americans for Prosperity David Koch (oil magnate) created & funds Americans for Prosperity, which funds the Tea Party. In addition to running pro-Walker television and radio ads and funding a pro-Walker bus tour, Americans for Prosperity is actively working to: Repeal health care legislation Repeal Wall Street reform legislation Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency KOCH

5 Americans for Prosperity Ad

6 American Legislative Exchange Council “ALEC” ALEC claims its membership exceeds 2,400 state legislators from both political parties—over 30% of all state lawmakers in the US. ALEC develops model anti-worker legislation for right-wing legislators: "right to work“ paycheck deception attacks on teachers and public employees

7 Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Rove’s super PAC went on air with a 60-second spot costing $750,000 that attacks public employees and the Democrats that support them.

8 RIGHT-WING INITIATIVES

9 Of the 30 states with public sector collective bargaining, 25 are free bargaining states – only 5 are RTW states. 17 of 22 RTW states prohibit public employees from bargaining. 25 of the 28 Free Bargaining states allow public employees to bargain collectively. Right to Work

10 Bills Filed Gov. Vetoed Attacks Expected Already RTW Bills Dead for Session CA OR WA ID NV AZ UT MT WY CO NM TX OK KS NE SD ND MN IA MO AR LA MS AL TN KY IL WI MI IN FL GA SC NC OH WV VA PA NY ME AK HI MD DE NJ CT RI MA NH VT The veto of NH’s RTW bill may have an override vote this fall.

11 Attacks on Public Sector Collective Bargaining Bills Signed into Law Gov. Vetoed Bills Filed Signed into Law and Exec. Action Bill Dead for Session CA OR WA ID NV AZ UT MT WY CO NM TX OK KS NE SD ND MN IA MO AR LA MS AL TN KY IL WI MI IN FL GA SC NC OH WV VA PA NY ME AK HI MD DE NJ CT RI MA NH VT

12 Future Threats: Public Sector Collective Bargaining CA OR WA ID NV AZ UT MT WY CO NM TX OK KS NE SD ND MN IA MO AR LA MS AL TN KY IL WI MI IN FL GA SC NC OH WV VA PA NY ME AK HI MD DE NJ CT RI MA NH VT

13 The Best Messengers 13 Workers Firefighters, nurses, and teachers Small business owners

14 Fighting Back

15 ExposedDecelerated The GOP’s Anti-Worker Agenda: Exposed and Decelerated Slowed down the Republican’s shock-and-awe strategy and made them take each step in the public eye. Republican Governors who have led the attacks are paying the full political price as seen in declining job approval ratings.

16 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder EPIC-MRA Poll, 5/11/11

17 Florida Governor Rick Scott Voter Survey Service, 7/7/11

18 Ohio Governor John Kasich Quinnipiac University Poll, 5/18/11

19 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker University of Wisconsin Poll, 7/10/11

20 Recall of Scott Walker Public Policy Polling, 5/22/11

21 Maine Governor Paul LePage Critical Insights Tracking Poll, 5/18/11

22 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Quinnipiac University Poll, 6/21/11

23 For more information on State Battles: For more information, contact: Naomi Walker: Director, State Government Relations/ Deputy Director, AFL-CIO Government Affairs or Christine Silvia-DeGennaro: State Legislative Issues Coordinator, AFL-CIO Government Affairs or


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