Promoting Worker Freedom:
Right-to-work legislation is neither anti-union nor pro-union – it’s about promoting choice in the workplace and protecting a fundamental freedom for workers in Wisconsin.
Employees should not have to join an organization or pay dues as a condition of their employment. Nor should they feel compelled to join a union for fear of losing their job.
Building on Wisconsin’s Successful Reforms:
When considering where to locate a new business, a vast majority of site selectors have said that locating in a right-to-work state is an important factor. Passing right-to-work would make Wisconsin more competitive with regional states like Michigan and Indiana.
Myth vs. Fact: Get the Truth on Right to Work
Myth: Right-to-work law would promote “free riders” in the workplace.
Fact: Wisconsin’s right-to-work legislation does not promote “free riders” or those non-union members who benefit from unions negotiating on their behalf. Federal law requires that the unions negotiate on behalf of non-union members. In fact, any attempt by the Wisconsin Legislature to changes this provision would violate federal law.
Myth: Right to work would negatively affect worker training programs.
Fact: Worker training programs are paid for by businesses – not by unions. Businesses will continue to invest in worker training because they need to have a skilled and productive labor force to remain successful.
Myth: The Legislature is rushing right to work.
Fact: The discussion of making Wisconsin a right-to-work state has been occurring for many years. Assembly Republicans have always believed in promoting personal freedom and creating a better business climate. Promoting right to work fits with both of these goals.
Myth: Wisconsin’s proposed right-to-work bill breaks existing union contracts.
Fact: Just like in Act 10, existing contracts could not be broken. Prohibition on “all union contracts” would not go into effect in union shops until the contracts currently in place expire. Also, like in Act 10, while deliberations are occurring on legislation, unions and employers would be free to renegotiate contracts that could extend the time it would take for right-to-work provisions to come into effect.
Myth: Right to work is “anti-union.”
Fact: Right to work simply restores a balance by prohibiting compulsory unionism – instead, making it a choice. Just like federal antitrust laws promote competition in the marketplace, right-to-work laws promote competition in the union. Unions will once again have to argue their case to prospective members and demonstration values to their current ones.