March 6, 2015
Contact: Rep. Steineke: 608-266-2418

Rep. Steineke Statement on Assembly Passage of Right to Work Bill

Madison . . . Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke released the following statement in response to voting in favor of Senate Bill (SB) 44, legislation that provides voluntary union memberships.

“Today’s vote gives Wisconsin employees the freedom to decide whether to join a union and pay dues. In no way does this bill diminish the strength of private sector unions. Right-to-work laws have increased union membership in states such as Indiana. SB 44 simply promotes competition within the marketplace, allowing unions to argue their case to prospective members and demonstrate value to their current ones.

“I believe a right-to-work law is good for Wisconsin because I support worker freedom, and I also believe that given the chance to join, most private sector employees will still choose to join, as we have seen in other states.

“Passing right-to-work legislation builds on our successful efforts to improve Wisconsin's business climate and keeps Wisconsin competitive with regional states, Michigan and Indiana. I look forward to seeing the positive results of this law.”