December 3rd, 2014
A Republican state legislator in Wisconsin said Tuesday
that he planned to introduce a right-to-work bill. The legislation
could be the next episode in the state's ongoing struggle over union
worker rights, which triggered massive protests against Gov. Scott
Walker (R) three years ago.
State Rep. Chris Kapenga told The
Associated Press that he hadn't yet set a date for when he would bring
the bill forward in the legislature, but said he believed right-to-work
legislation would help the state's economic growth.
laws forbid companies and unions from making contracts that require all
workers to pay the union for bargaining on their behalf. Unions are
opposed to such laws because they allow workers to benefit from
collective bargaining without contributing to it. Many workers
inevitably opt out of funding their unions when right-to-work is in
place, reducing the power of organized labor.