Unions protest Governor Walker's support for Mayor Stothert

Posted at 10:39 PM, Apr 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-24 23:39:29-04

During a rally for Mayor Jean Stothert on Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker touted the success of Stothert in the last four years.

“She has done a wonderful job of managing the budget and keeping that growth and delivering on those property tax cuts,” said Ricketts.

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But the visit from Walker was unwelcome for protesters outside the DC Centre.

“To bring that into Omaha sends a pretty clear message to where this mayor is in terms of her thoughts of organized labor and working families and middle class,” said Fire Union President Steve LeClair.

The Federation of Labor and unions throughout the state feel the Wisconsin governor doesn't support the working middle class.

But Stothert said Walker has successfully helped balance a budget, and she said they both have Midwestern common sense.

“I have someone that shares our values, and shares my values,” said Stothert.

The Omaha Fire Union is vocal in support of Stothert's campaign opponent Heath Mello, saying she has hurt working families.

But Stothert said union contracts are fair to the city, workers, and tax payers.

“If they want to go back and elect someone else as mayor they think they can intimidate or get a better deal with, that is what their message is right now,” said Stothert.

Walker said Mello won’t stand up for the taxpayers and Stothert is the slam-dunk mayoral choice.

“Do you want the taxpayers in charge or do you want the government special interests?” said Walker.

The mayoral candidates will attend a forum Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Omaha Community Playhouse.