Using his Divide-and-Conquer tactics to sign so-called “right-to-work” legislation that allows private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues, even when union contracts have been set, Scott Walker has essentially attacked private businesses and how they operate with their contractors. Wisconsin is now the 25th state in the country with so-called “right-to-work” laws, which have proven in other states that workers earn less income, working conditions are more dangerous and the issues of politics, power and greed are the driving forces behind the attacks.
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMD), the state’s largest business lobby, oversold how businesses wanted “right-to-work”, even though only about 15% of its members saw it as a priority. The decision will be fought in court:
The lawsuit argues that the so-called “right-to-work” law – which Governor Scott Walker signed on Monday – violates the state constitution by requiring private-sector unions to provide services to workers who opt out of paying any fees to the union that represents them.
The lawsuit, filed in state court, seeks a temporary and permanent injunction to block the law and was brought by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO as well as District 2 of the United Steelworkers and Local Lodge 1061 of the International Association of Machinists.
“Not only will ‘right to work’ lower wages, weaken safety standards and hurt all Wisconsin families, but we believe this law is unconstitutional,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. “All workers deserve the right to join together through their union and have a voice at work. Allowing some workers to get fair representation for nothing is unfair, un-American and not our Wisconsin.”