Right-to-Work Laws

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker reportedly told a rich donor years ago he would use a "divide and conquer" strategy to defeat unions and workers in the state. (Photo: Overpass Light Brigade/Facebook)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker reportedly told a rich donor years ago he would use a “divide and conquer” strategy to defeat unions and workers in the state. (Photo: Overpass Light Brigade/Facebook)

Not satisfied with hobbling public employee unions and signing so-called “right to work” legislation in our state, Wisconsin’s Republican governor “says he would take right-to-work nationwide as president” reports Vox Media’s Matthew Yglesias.

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AFLCIO Right to Work BAnner
The Wisconsin State Senate voted 17 to 15 last week in favor of SB44, the so-called Right to Work Law law. Only one Republican, a former union member, joined all Democratic senators in voting against the anti-union law that the Republican leadership has rushed through an “extraordinary session.”

This week, the Assembly takes up its version of the legislation: AB61

A message from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Join us at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Monday, March 2, 2015 to pack the Assembly Committee on Labor, Room 417 North, as the public hearing on so-called Right to Work legislation begins. We need everyone who supports unions and a strong middle class to register and testify to tell legislators on the Committee how Right to Work legislation will impact your job site, your community and your family.

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AFLCIO Right to Work BAnner

A message from Local 243 Secretary-Treasurer Mike Lussenden: Please join us at noon tomorrow — Saturday, February 28, 2015 — at the State Street Side of the Capitol to stand in solidaity with our friends in private sector unions against this so-called “Right to Work” legislation being fast-tracked through the Wiscosnin Legislature.

Private sector unions stood with us as we battled Act 10. Now, we can support the labor movement for all of Wisconsin!

“Thousands of working families have been coming to the Capitol this week to detail the impact of Right to Work legislation on their lives,” reports the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. “Workers have been speaking up and making it clear to their elected officials that Right to Work will lower wages for all, decrease workplace safety, destroy long-standing training programs that give workers valuable skills and make it harder Wisconsin to feed their families, pay their bills, and have a shot at a decent life.”

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Even the right-wing National Review was shocked by remarks Governor Walker made at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. As conservative blogger Jim Geraghty noted, “[When] asked about ISIS, Walker responded, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the globe.”

“… it is insulting to the protesters, a group I take no pleasure in defending,” wrote Geraghty. “The protesters in Wisconsin, so furiously angry over Walker’s reforms and disruptive to the procedures of passing laws, earned plenty of legitimate criticism. But they’re not ISIS. They’re not beheading innocent people. They’re Americans, and as much as we may find their ideas, worldview, and perspective spectacularly wrongheaded, they don’t deserve to be compared to murderous terrorists.”

Right to WorkAfter restricting collective bargaining for most public-employee unions, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature is poised to pass so-called “right to work legislation that is targeted at private sector unions.

“Right to work” sounds like a good idea. But in reality, these laws have nothing to do with providing rights or work,” says Jobs with Justice, a nonprofit organization leading strategic campaigns and shaping the public discourse on every front to build power for working people. “Right-to-work laws make it optional for workers protected by a union contract to help pay for the expenses that the union incurs while guaranteeing the rights of all employees. Why is that a big deal? By limiting unions’ resources and weakening the ability of workers to have a say about their jobs, these laws drive down everyone’s wages, benefits, and overall living standards.”

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Michigan Legislature passes so-called “right-to-work” laws on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December 11, 2012

The scene looks familiar, but it’s not happening here… yet. This afternoon, reports The New York Times, “The Michigan Legislature approved sweeping legislation… that vastly reduces the power of organized labor in a state that has been a symbol of union dominance and served as an incubator for union activity over decades of modern American […]

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