Lawton apologizes for “scabs” comment
KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) — The lieutenant governor is apologizing for using the word “scabs” to describe replacement workers at Kewaunee Fabrication.
Barbara Lawton used the word a couple of times while visiting striking union workers outside the Kewaunee plant earlier this week.
Boilermakers Local 487 has been on strike since May 12 over wages and benefits. The company has been operating with temporary workers since May 19.
Some replacement workers say they’re offended by Lawton’s use of the term. But, Boilermakers say they appreciate Lawton’s blunt words.
Lawton said Wednesday her use of the word “scab” was “an absolutely inexcusable mistake.”