Governor Walker met by protesters at Fishing Opener

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

CHIPPEWA FALLS (WEAU) A day out on the lake gets political, as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker comes to the Chippewa Valley for the 46th Annual Governor’s Fishing Opener.

Controversy has surrounded Governor Walker ever since he signed legislation to repeal state workers collective bargaining rights earlier this year.

At Saturday’s opener in Chippewa Falls on Lake Wissota, the governor reeled in nearly a dozen protesters in three boats, all with protest signs pointed at him.

“They have every right to do that. Most people in the state when they go out fishing go away from their jobs, politics and business. That’s what we’re going to be doing, but if they want to bring it along with them it’s their right,” Governor Walker said.

As the governor fished on one side of the lake, Wisconsin Workers held its own fishing opener on the other side at Lake Wissota State Park.

The protesters paraded around the lake in several boats, speaking out against Walker with dozens of signs.

Sarah Duerre, a school teacher from Eau Claire, was one of the protesters on the lake with Walker.

“I’m a public school teacher and a large part of my motivation for protesting against the governor is the damage I think he is going to do to public education. Our state has become quite divided and politicized and unfortunately we can’t go back to the days where it was just a good day to fish,” Duerre said.

Despite the controversy, organizers of the Fishing Opener said it will bring in much-needed money to local businesses.


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  • by Tom Location: Delavan WI on Jul 5, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    wa wa get over it its about time ypu get off of the gravey train and deal with what most of society has to deal with.
  • by Sick and broke Location: E.C, on May 11, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    Health care health care health care
  • by Anonymous Location: Wisconsin on May 11, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    @Think About It Location: CF on May 10, 2011 at 12:07 AM; My company does not want specific information disclosed, so I have to keep this somewhat general in nature. What I can say, is that I work for a multinational corporation based in Wisconsin. My job requires a college degree plus some specialized training that the company provided. My benefit package includes: Medical Plan * Prescription Drug Plan * Dental Plan * Vision Plan * Employee Assistance Plan * Flexible Spending Accounts * Wellness Resources * Life Insurance * Disability Benefits * Retirement Plan - 401(k) * Paid Vacation and Holidays * Tuition reimbursement * Stock Purchase Plan * Discounts and/or Financing on Company products * and Variable Compensation Programs. For my situation, these benefits are worth $38-46,000 (depending on the VCP bonus).
  • by Villain? on May 10, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    “As for pension and health-care envy, it is a sad thing when working Americans complain that someone else has benefits, instead of agreeing that everyone should have coverage for their health and old age. It reminds me of an old Soviet joke where a peasant says, "My neighbor has a cow and I have none, I want his cow to die." We should not join in this race to the bottom.” (Diane Ravitch) Seems like a lot of people don't understand that the pension that state workers receive at retirement is a deferred compensation. That means they pay into it from every paycheck. We taxpayers are not footing the bill, they are saving for their own retirement. This is not a "Golden Parachute". If you want to retire early save more now, don't blame the people who plan for their future.
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      by FEDUP on May 10, 2011 at 12:03 PM in reply to Villain?
      Why did the unions agree to start paying into their pensions and medical coverage if they were paying for it in every paycheck, your statement does not make sense. If up until now, some state employees paid in, others didn't as it was negotiated by the unions that the state would be responsible for the medical and retirement payments. Where do you think the payments were coming from based on the union concessions that weren't paying into the aboved mention? The taxpayers were footing the bill and yes, these people were paying taxes, but their numbers don't equal the burden to all the tax payers, nor does it equal the what they receive!
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        by eric on May 10, 2011 at 04:04 PM in reply to FEDUP
        We agreed to do our fair share like you requested. We get to pay for it twice. Lucky us.
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          by Villain? on May 11, 2011 at 09:02 PM in reply to eric
          Well said Eric. Part of our pay is taken and invested for us for our retirement. (deferred compensation) That money that was already being put towards our retirement is part of our salary. So what is really happening is we are taking more of a pay cut because we were already contributing our 5.8%. We wanted to help the state and did our part. But that is not what Walker wanted. It was never about the money.
  • by Win Win Location: ec on May 10, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    Food for thought, in Illinois the public workers do not contribute to soc.security, that gives them 7.5% more on their checks along with the State saving 7.5% that they don't have to send the feds. Of course they aren't eligible for SS bennies at retirement but they have good pensions and they can invest that 7.5% in something if they choose. I guess it has never been brought up and discussed in WI, but I don't know this.
  • by Think About It Location: CF on May 9, 2011 at 10:07 PM
    1) Ask your boss to total up the value of your benefits. 2) If you want a product (groceries) or a service (firemen), you have to pay for it. 3) If college students choose not to become teachers, there will be less teachers. Less teachers (supply) will cause demand to be high for each teacher. Teacher salaries will go up. 4) Yes, "taxpayers" pay the salaries of public employees (did I mention public employees also pay taxes?). But public employees also pay the salaries of private workers. (See #2 above) 5) If teaching kids should be a teacher's number one priority; then selling Mason shoes, or making a great cardboard Kell container, or assembling an SGI computer should be those employees' number one priority, too, no matter how much their salaries are cut, right? Certainly their job is more important than providing for their family.
  • by I don't get a 401K on May 9, 2011 at 09:27 PM
    So, private sector workers have a 401K? Gee, what's that? Something no public employee gets! My point: benefits aren't identical, they are just different. Private employees get a 401K and bonuses, public employees get a pension. People on these comment boards are quick to judge and complain about public sector benefits (especially teachers, since that data is readily available). I urge one of you private sector employees to ask your employer what the cost of your benefits are, and then please post that amount here. There are good things and bad things about being a public worker and good and bad about the private sector. I've done both, have you?
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      by CF on May 10, 2011 at 05:26 AM in reply to I don't get a 401K
      Private employees contribute to their OWN 401K. The small company match certainly is not enough to retire on. And bonuses? What bonuses?
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 08:50 PM
    n0 holes in the boat?
  • by mike Location: EC on May 9, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    for all the people that went to the lake should get a life. the man should get some free time away from the protesters. let the man be. how about i show up on ur day off and tell you that you suck at ur job. how would that make you feel? i voted for him and i still think he is still doing the right thing. if went and ran for president i will vote for him. for what he is doing there is nothing you can do about it. i think all techers should have to reapply for there jobs every 4 years.
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      by rebecca on May 11, 2011 at 07:09 PM in reply to mike
      shocking. someone with such a mastery of written language voted for walker.
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        by Jen on May 12, 2011 at 10:34 AM in reply to rebecca
        Exactly what I was thinking.
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      by Jen on May 11, 2011 at 09:06 PM in reply to mike
      So do you think every single person who works should reapply for their job every four years? They are supervised and evaluated every year. It is not like the school district wants to keep people who don't do their job. Why don't you call a school district and ask how they supervise and evaluate teachers?
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        by Mymy on May 12, 2011 at 02:49 PM in reply to Jen
        So Sorry, but if you teacher were evaluated like you say, you wouldn't need unions to cry to keep your jobs and there would be more good ones and less bad ones, they would be gone. So when are you people going to stop crying. Please it's getting boring.
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          by Jen on May 12, 2011 at 07:01 PM in reply to Mymy
          @Mymy...I have never been crying and I think having your voice heard is not too much to ask. Our unions do a lot more then try to keep our jobs. You can thank a union for a 40 hour work week. You can thank a union for your weekends. You can thank a union for setting the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts. As said by Martin Luther King Jr, "History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them."
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    I think the Packers had a good draft this year. I think they got some quality players that should provide some immediate help.
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