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If you saw me at a political event four years ago and said “I’d bet you that in five years Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin would pass Right to Work laws?” If I bet money (and I don’t) I’d bet the last dollar in my wallet it would not happen.  And I’d have lost that last dollar!  What is happening in the industrial Midwest is amazing.

Indiana and Michigan have already passed right to work and the Badger State (another favorite state of mine) is about to do so:

Union workers are protesting again at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison today. This time, it’s against a fast-tracked right-to-work bill that would ban mandatory union dues at private sector businesses.

The Wisconsin Senate is poised to pass the plan, the State Assembly could pass it next week and Gov. Scott Walker says he’ll sign it.

The scene is reminiscent of four years ago when Walker all but eliminated bargaining rights for public employee unions.

That’s right:  Wisconsin is about to become a right-to-work state!  Ought to boost Governor Scott Walker numbers in Iowa (also a right to work state).  It is breathtaking what is going on.  Even in West Virginia, the legislature considered right to work!  That’s right Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia (controlled by the GOP – that is a bit breathtaking right there) pondered a right to work law:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael says a push to make West Virginia a right-to-work state is dead this session.

The Jackson County Republican, who sponsored a right-to-work bill, made the comments to The Associated Press on Friday.

The proposal would have made it a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $5,000 fine, to require workers to pay dues to a union. It wouldn’t have applied to federal workers.

Right to work should be a fundamental right protected by the Constitution in EVERY state.  Here’s some local coverage on the Wisconsin right to work issue from the Milwaukee paper.

Such is the case with this week’s right-to-work debate as legislative Republicans are poised to send a bill to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk. Early in the week, Democrats were crowing that the bill, which would bar labor agreements requiring union fees, closely resembled model legislation put forth by the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council.

But, in fact, the bill was modeled on Michigan’s 2012 right-to-work law. Wisconsin’s Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), noted that replicating Michigan’s law was important because it has already withstood a federal court challenge.

Ta-Ta!  Enjoy the day!  Right to work is here to stay!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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