Fitzgerald: Debate on right-to-work could happen soon

According to a report at Journal Interactive, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said on a Milwaukee talk show today (Dec. 4) that lawmakers could take up the right-to-work debate “within weeks.”

State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) said he’d introduce a bill this week.

Fitzgerald’s statement is in stark contrast to Gov. Scott Walker’s current position. Just yesterday, Walker called right-to-work a distraction that he did not want to take up at this time.

Right-to-work states prohibit employers from entering into arrangements with unions to require employees to pay dues. Employees are allowed to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. Proponents say such legislation gives workers more freedom. Opponents say right-to-work dramatically weakens union finances and clout.

Act 10, passed in 2011, already banned such requirements for public employees but exempted private-sector unions and most local or state police and firefighters.