MILWAUKEE - With two weeks to go until the final deadline for gathering names, the labor-backed campaign to recall GOP Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin reached its needed minimum of 508,240 signatures. But organizers want to send at least 720,277 names to the state by the deadline, Jan. 17, both as a show of strength and to provide a cushion should officials disallow some of the signatures. Organizers garnered the minimum in just over a month. “Wow!” the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO said on its blog. “If everyone pitches in we will have the grassroots people power to combat Walker’s big moneyed corporate backers like the Koch Brothers. “A new report released by the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future shows the ripple affects of Walker’s policies will cost Wisconsin over 18,000 full-time, private sector jobs a year. This report is a stark reminder of why we must recall Walker. In Wisconsin, we need jobs, not a governor who puts corporate special interests above the 99%.” The effort to recall Walker began after he pushed through legislation destroying collective bargaining rights for 200,000 state and local government employees. Two Republican state senators who backed the anti-worker measure already have been recalled. Walker and his allies have spent at least $3 million so far to fight the recall, according to media reports. Welcome to Workday Minnesota, your leading source for labor news!