Monday, March 9, 2015

Wisconsin, Round Two: As Unions Hesitate, ‘Right to Work’ Advances

Labor Notes
March 5th, 2015



Over the objections of labor, community members, and even some businesses, Wisconsin is about to become the 25th state to pass a “right to work” law. It’s expected to be effective immediately upon the governor’s signature on March 6 or 9.
Wisconsinites are now swallowing it as part of a larger attack that includes a stark austerity budget bill being debated at the same time.
Walker was a champion of “right to work” many years ago as a young legislator, and the legislation’s return has been predicted since Act 10 hit public workers in 2011. Even so, Walker minimized the issue on the campaign trail. However, immediately after the November elections, Republican leaders signaled that they planned to pursue it.
The threat was real; there were enough Republican votes to pass it. Some hoped Walker’s presidential campaign might delay the issue, but this was not to be.

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