Republicans will take immediate action on right to work legislation early in the next session. It's basically an in your face taunt directed at the now even smaller Democratic minority.
Republicans are free at last to expand government regulations without a peep coming from their small government voters. Hey, a new law is big government, or don't they get it?
Senator Scott Fitzgerald admitted he and many other lawmakers are constantly being asked when they're going to make Wisconsin a right to work state. Sure, that's tops on my list of concerns too.
"I think out on the campaign trail this summer many of the candidates and the senators that were reelected continued to hear the question, 'are you gonna do the right to work stuff and how are you gonna do it?"WKOW:
Democrats would be wise to add some form of accountability to the legislation, like yearly income updates so Wisconsinites could evaluate just how right to work is effecting their pay and benefits. With promises of bigger paychecks, that would seem like a fair and logical thing to track.
But I'm not afraid to suggest the following as well:
Dave Branson, executive director of the Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin says a repeat of the 2011 Act 10 protests could become a reality.Unafraid and unfiltered, Fitzgerald made it clear only a few favored unions would be exempt:
Sen. Fitzgerald says Gov. Walker has expressed similar concerns to him that such a scenario may discourage businesses from expanding or relocating to Wisconsin. "So that's a real concern," said Sen. Fitzgerald. "I mean, the converse of that would be hey, people think we're doing the right things and we're on the right track in Wisconsin and certainly I think proponents of right-to-work legislation would say, 'that's why it's time to take a look at this.'"
Sen. Fitzgerald also believes some trade unions may be exempted from the legislation, specifically because they are involved in developing and providing technical college training in areas like plumbing, carpentry and steam fitting. He says legislators will have to sit down with officials from those unions before crafting a bill.Because Republicans need that forced union money for campaigning.