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Tom Barrett Pushes Back On Reports Of Labor Record

Wisconsin candidate says he never pushed to limit collective bargaining, despite document.

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John McCormack at The Weekly Standard asked Tom Barrett, one of two main Democratic challengers to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, about a BuzzFeed report of his efforts to limit collective bargaining among city workers in Milwaukee:

Following Wednesday's debate, Barrett told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the report was "inaccurate."

"We worked to try to have a collective bargaining agreement. What we have in Milwaukee that's different from the state is by law--a court decision and a global settlement--our employees do not pay toward their pension, so we were faced with close to $15 million in cuts. So the question was how do we deal with these $15 million in cuts."

His opponent Kathleen Falk — who's garnered the bulk of labor support in the Democratic primary leading to the recall — shot back, telling McCormack "He's got his record, and I've got mine."

Rosie Gray is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. Gray reports on politics and foreign policy.

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