Thousands gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol yesterday to protest Republicans’ fast-tracked “right to work” (RTW) legislation. Another rally will be held at noon today.
The Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform took testimony all day while protests continued outside the Capitol. The committee voted to pass the legislation, and cut off testimony earlier than expected, walking out on a packed room of people waiting to testify as they shouted, “let us speak!”
If passed by the legislature, the proposed RTW legislation would make it illegal to require workers in the private sector to join a union or pay union dues.
MTEA vice president Kim Schroeder said, “This bill is just another attack on the working families of Wisconsin. Unions help all workers whether they are in a union or not, by creating a standard of living in Wisconsin that is much better than in so-called ‘right to work’ states. RTW will drag wages down for all workers in Wisconsin and that is what this bill is really about – keeping more money in the pockets of the corporations and CEOs at the cost to the Wisconsin working class.”
MTEA leaders will attend the noon rally today.