MADISON – Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin announced recently she was joining some congressional colleagues – including U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders – in sponsoring legislation that would negatively impact Wisconsin’s workers and their freedoms in the workplace. Baldwin’s legislation would, among other things, repeal Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, which has given all Wisconsin workers the freedom to choose whether or not they want to join a union and pay union dues.
Under Sen. Baldwin’s legislation, Wisconsin workers could be forced to pay union dues even if they did not want to be part of the union. Additionally, undoing this key business reform would hurt Wisconsin’s economy and negatively impact the state’s business climate.
In response to Sen. Baldwin’s legislation, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) Senior Vice President of Government Relations Scott Manley released the following statement:
“Wisconsin’s right-to-work reform has helped improve Wisconsin’s economy and given every worker in our state the freedom to choose whether or not they want to belong to a union. Since becoming the 25th state in the nation to pass workplace freedom in 2015, our economy has been strong. Wisconsin leads the Midwest in GDP growth, unemployment is at an all-time low and more people are working in Wisconsin than ever before.
“Right-to-work has been one of the most impactful reforms we have seen in the state since 2011, and it has significantly improved our business climate. Not only have Wisconsin employers continued to grow in our state because of this and other pro-business reforms, but many site selectors refuse to even look at states that do not have workplace freedom. This gives Wisconsin a leg up when attracting new business that create family supporting jobs.
“Now is not the time to change course. Wisconsin’s reforms are working, and unfortunately Sen. Baldwin’s legislation would just take us backwards. We ask Sen. Baldwin to stand with Wisconsin workers who support workplace freedom instead of union leaders in Washington.”
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