A three panel judge from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals just issued a major ruling on Wisconsin’s ability to transform itself into a “right to work state” and is a huge blow to liberal labor unions and their corrupt bosses:
A federal appeals court panel has upheld Wisconsin’s right-to-work law.
The law prohibits businesses and unions from reaching agreements that require all workers to pay union dues. Unions maintain the law enables nonunion members to receive free representation. The International Union of Operating Engineers filed a lawsuit last year alleging that amounts to an unconstitutional taking.
U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller upheld the law in September, citing a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding Indiana’s nearly identical right-to-work law.
A three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Stadtmueller on Wednesday. The panel noted that the 7th Circuit has upheld Indiana’s law and the union didn’t show a reason to revisit that decision.
This is a major victory for Governor Scott Walker and for workers in Wisconsin.
Giving workers a “Right to Work” helps cripple the corrupt leftist leaning labor unions while allowing businesses to fairly compete using marketplace wages which drives growth, prosperity and opportunity as Heritage reports.
In right-to-work states, unions must persuade workers to voluntarily purchase their services. That forces them to provide quality representation that improves workers’ lives. Unions do not have to work nearly as hard in states such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin with forced dues. Romanchock saw no visible benefit from his union but it could still demand he pay.
This system hurts workers. As Gary Casteel, the Southern regional director for the United Auto Workers puts it:
“This is something I’ve never understood, that people think right-to-work hurts unions. To me, it helps them. You don’t have to belong if you don’t want to. So if I go to an organizing drive, I can tell these workers, ‘If you don’t like this arrangement, you don’t have to belong.’ Versus, ‘If we get 50% of you, then all of you have to belong, whether you like to or not.’ I don’t even like the way that sounds, because it’s a voluntary system, and if you don’t think the system’s earning its keep, then you don’t have to pay.”
Right-to-work also attracts investment and jobs. Since 1990, employment has grown twice as fast in right-to-work states as in non-right-to-work states such as Wisconsin. Not surprisingly, right-to-work states have lower unemployment.
This happens because right-to-work laws make union organizers less aggressive. Mandatory dues put a lot of money on the table for unions. An organizing victory means every worker must pay them hundreds of dollars a year. So they put considerable resources into organizing companies in non-right-to-work states.
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