Right-to-Work bill in Wisconsin

If anyone had any doubts about Scott Walker’s indebtedness to the Koch Brothers and ALEC, this press release from PRWatch.org should remove all doubts:

Saturday, February 21, 2015‬
‪CONTACT: Nikolina Lazic, nikolina@prwatch.org, 608-770-1343‬

‪Dear Friend: ‬

‪Scott Walker’s “divide and conquer” strategy to make WI a red state has now come full circle.‬
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‪Wisconsin Republicans have called a special session for next week to take up a “right to work” measure attacking private sector unions — and the text of the bill, the Center for Media and Democracy has discovered, is taken word-for-word from American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) “model” legislation.‬

‪See the side-by-side of the Wisconsin legislation and the ALEC bill at: https://org.salsalabs.com/o/632/images/WI_RTW.pdf‬

‪Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a former ALEC state chairman, says he has the votes to enact the measure. You might remember that in December 2010, after Republicans took control of the legislature, Fitzgerald told reporters about the wonderful idea he had just been briefed on by ALEC.  “I just attended an American Legislative Exchange Council meeting and I was surprised about how much momentum there was in and around that discussion, nothing like I have seen before.” See the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzs_ZMUvS_w.‬

‪Governor Walker’s support for right to work is no surprise. ‬

‪When Walker proposed to crush public-sector unions in 2011, he said he had to do it because the state was “broke”. But Walker was accidentally caught on tape behind closed doors, with billionaire donor Diane Hendricks, admitting that he was pursuing a “divide and conquer” strategy to make Wisconsin a Republican stronghold by first going after the public-sector unions, then going after private-sector ones. Watch the video <a target=”_blank” title=”here” href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXPCl-1a9ZM“>here</a>. ‬

‪Studies have shown, http://www.epi.org/publication/right-to-work-is-the-wrong-answer-for-wisconsin/, that wages are significantly lower for both union and non-union members in states with right to work laws.  Maybe that is why the policy is fervently supported by ALEC corporations, and its Koch funders who popped up a front group in Wisconsin to quietly push for the bill, http://www.prwatch.org/news/2014/12/12682/walker-right-work.‬
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‪CMD broke the story, http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/02/12724/walker-strikes-truth-wisconsin-idea-university-budget about Walker striking “truth” and the WI Idea from the budget. CMD’s ALECexposed.org project was launched after a flood of ALEC bills sprung from state capitols in 2011. Stay tuned to @Alecexposed and visit PRwatch.org for regular updates. You can also visit our Walker profile on Sourcewatch.org, http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Scott_Walker.‬

‪And if you live in Wisconsin, the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform will be holding a hearing Tuesday, February 24 at 9:00 a.m.  The AFL-CIO will hold a rally at 12:00 p.m. that day and again on Wednesday, February 25 on the State Street side of the capitol.‬

‪Sincerely,‬

‪Lisa Graves, Mary Bottari, Brendan Fischer and the whole team at the Center for Media and Democracy and ALECexposed.org.‬

‪Please support our work at: https://org.salsalabs.com/o/632/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=9668‬

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