New Report: Right-to-work is Wrong for Wisconsin

Brothers and Sisters,

New attacks on workers’ rights unveiled this week. Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) introduced a proposal to enact right-to-work on a regional basis in the form of “right-to-work zones.” Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) circulated a bill to repeal Wisconsin’s Prevailing Wage laws. Both these proposals would impact thousands of working families and continue the decay of Wisconsin values.

The initiative lead by Sen. Darling and Rep. Kooyenga called New Opportunities for Milwaukee is simply another attempt to enact right-to-work laws that will devastate communities by driving down wages and opportunities. This type of patchwork attempt to enact right-to-work has become the flavor of the day. In Kentucky, regional right-to-work laws are being reviewed by the courts.

Right-to-work in any way, shape, or form is wrong for Wisconsin and is a violation of private contract rights between an employer and employees. This unnecessary distraction would create downward pressure on wages and safety conditions, hurting all working families and our entire middle class.

Prevailing Wage laws are an important part of a fair economy. These laws ensure construction projects are completed in a safe and efficient manner, and that workers are properly paid for their labor. Repealing Prevailing Wage laws would not save taxpayers money; it would merely result in lower-paid, less qualified workers constructing our state’s bridges, buildings and infrastructure.

Just last week, an important new report was released by the Economic Policy Institute about the impact of a potential right-to-work law in Wisconsin. The report finds that workers – both union and non-union – would see significantly lower average pay and have less access to employer-sponsored health insurance. The results are clear: right-to-work would devastate Wisconsin’s working people and middle-class families.

A second study conducted by Marquette University Economics Professor Abdur Chowdhury finds further evidence that right-to-work offers no economic advantage to Wisconsin and many significant social and economic costs. The report finds that right-to-work is not a significant factor for firms in deciding where to locate and that wages are lower in right-to-work states.

These studies confirm that right-to-work laws are purposely designed to lower worker wages, reduce benefits, and eliminate rights in the workplace. Please take a moment to read these reports and learn more about the devastating consequences of right-to-work.

As always, we must continue to stand up for the right to a healthy middle class for all Wisconsinites and stop any type of right to work legislation — anywhere in Wisconsin.

In Solidarity,

Phil Neuenfeldt, President

Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary Treasurer

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Last edited by Tyler Schuster.   Page last modified on January 29, 2015

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