Press Release: Cty. Supervisor Johnny Thomas on Governor's Decision Suspending Apprentice Rules
April 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm
Again some facts would be nice. I too could make up stuff for days. How is this affecting/hurting us? Give me numbers. Doyle used 22% that should have been 50% or more. He also did not provide final stats of the hired who stayed hired or what became of the 22% and those businesses. He also hired racist Talgo so his helping minorities mantra is pretty empty!
April 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm
Keep them press releases coming Mr. Thomas. Gonna need all the exposure you can get to be the next County Board Chairman. Marina Dimitrijevic seems to have the jump on you.
By the way, I support your vote on redistricting, keep up the fight to drop some more supervisors.
April 27, 2011 at 9:51 am
Sticking with the issue: I did not see any of you at the hearing conducted by Rep. Barbara Toles on this issue where it was laid out as plain as day that blacks are being purposfully discriminated against (despite the law) and that racism is at the root of both the lack of Black participation in construction apprentiships and the effort to now shut the door on any future opportunity for both people of color and women by the Governor. Make light of it if you will but, these are the types of attitudes that aid and abet this type of legally sanctioned race based discrimination. (See the States own study report) Scott Walkers actions are purely political payoff and payback to the “whites only” construction industry. You should know the issue and the facts before commenting.
April 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm
I a not making light of anything but those in bed with the same people who wish to do us harm can’t tell me nothing. Toles, a payday loan supporter, also stood with the insurance companies against her constiuents, not someone who I give a lot of credit too for helping us move forward as opposed to helping line her pockets first. And I DO hope I am wrong, but what has she done for us lately? Give MPD more control over us with fingerprinting and not saying one word against it, her silence was agreement and solidarity as we now are profiled. She too is one of the discriminators of our people!!
April 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm
OK Let’s just throw the baby out with the bath water. Is she then half good, half bad or what? I’m talking about this issue (Black apprentiships) only. I thought that’s what Johnny Thomas’s letter was referring to? Where’s the focus is my point.
April 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm
The letter to me seems like good old fashioned hate politics and does not give facts and stats to support it. It only gives one merit it received. If you want support, you must give factual evidence and not attack the governor. When they use these tactics is seems like partisian politics and it also seems like they are covering for a program that might be bilking taxpayers out of needed funding. If you have just cause put forth some effort and stop relying on hate to get you everything you want. Show me why this should stay! Show me some apprentices an what they accomplished. Show me where the money goes, specifics of the program. It doesn’t take much to do that. One testimonial or spec of evidence to accompany the bashing of Walker would go a long way to support the cause.
April 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm
I think it’s important to point out that Johnny Thomas is my County Supervisor, so I have a vested interest when he speaks in his official capacity. In my opinion this is nothing but a partisan slap at the Gov by someone who has a desire to move up the political ladder.
Now, Therefore I, Scott Walker Governor of the State of Wisconsin, by the authority invested in me by Federal and State law, do hereby order that Executive Order #108, issued on July 5, 2005, is suspended and shall have no effect until further executive action is taken relating to the employment of apprentices on state construction projects. (bold is my emphasis)
Here’s an article about the program from Milwaukee Magazine.
Maybe something better is coming down the pike. If Supervisor Thomas or Rep. Toles have some ideas they should contact the Gov.’s office. This is where leaders take advantage of an opportunity. An opportunity to improve the effectiveness of the former voluntary Executive Order.
April 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm
That’s whY I asked if you had attended the meeting and obtained the facts. (Like I did) There is only so much you can put in a letter. The issue isn’t who writes the letter. The issue is what are they writing about. Focus on the messenger and the message get’s lost. Some people like it that way so thay don’t have to deal with the issue. Sadly there are reasons that we are at where we are at.
April 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm
I did not attend the Rep. Toles meeting. Not sure what facts were given out, but according the Milwaukee Magazine article the facts of the program are:
“In the Milwaukee metro area, minority applicants accounted for about 37 percent of those accepted into the program between 2006 and 2009 but only 16 percent of those placed with companies (where the on-the-job training begins). Women applicants made up 5 percent of those approved but just 1.5 percent of those placed with companies.”
Now you, Rep. Toles, County Supervisor Thomas and others may be satisfied with those numbers. I think they are abysmal. I would encourage you all to work on something better for Milwaukee. It’s time to reach for the stars and not be satisfied with mediocrity.
May 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm
Just a few facts make the difference! Thanks ya this is why we need facts to accompany rants. Now we can see this program like many others need to come under the spot light too!
May 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm
Your facts are twisted. We are appalled at the lack of state oversite and attitude of the construction industry for blantly discriminating against African Americans in the apprenticship program. What am I missing?????
May 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm
PART TWO: Now, even though there was total neglect and complicity by he state (under Doyle) and the racist out come is evident by the data and testimony, Scott Walker is fulfilling a campaign promise to the white road builders and construction companies to eliminate the states apprentichip program all together. It’s traditional, racist and another power move in establishing the hard right new world order. Is your point this is OK or somthing?
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