“Right To Work” Rally Expected In Madison Tuesday

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GREEN BAY, Wis (WFRV) A public hearing is being held Tuesday in Madison for a controversial piece of legislation moving through the Senate. Republican leaders are fast-tracking – a Right to Work bill, which prevents private-sector employees from needing to join a union. With Republicans in control of the Legislature – this bill is expected to win approval easily. Yet that’s not going to keep those against it from speaking out.

Tuesday in Madison – Republican State Senator Frank Lasee expects they’ll be loud opposition to a proposed Right to Work bill.

“I’m expecting a lot of visitors – hopefully more well behaved than Act 10,” said Sen. Lasee.

In 2011 Governor Walker’s Act 10 took away collective bargaining for most public employees, setting off loud protests. Considered an attack against unions, State Senator Dave Hansen, a Democrat, says Right to Work is round two.

“This is destruction of the middle class as continued by Act 10,” Sen. Hansen said. “This does nothing for our state – if you’re going to say come to Wisconsin and hire a bunch of people for $7.25 an hour – how does it grow the economy?” said Hansen.

According to the bill’s supporters – workers shouldn’t be forced to pay union dues if they don’t want to join. Opponents say those dues provide vital training and in Right to Work states – employee wages and benefits are often much less.

Monday leaders from a dozen major unions gathered near the capitol asking Republican lawmakers to reverse course on this bill – they describe as an attack on the middle class.

“Collective bargaining and unions help set the standards in terms of wages and working conditions for all workers in a community,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, Wisconsin AFL-CIO President.

But the reality is, in this Republican-controlled Legislature – the GOP sets the agenda. Leaving those against – to take to the streets.

“The people showing up their tomorrow should be treated with respect because it’s their right – to voice their opinion,” said Hansen.

“Hopefully it can go in both directions – agree to disagree – be respectful and move forward,” said Lasee.

While protesters are expected in large numbers – they’re not expected to reach the levels seen during 2011. A vote on the bill in the Senate is expected this week.

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