Is right-to-work right for Wisconsin? (video)
Mar 02, 2015
The Wisconsin Contractor Coalition now represents 350 businesses that oppose right-to-work legislation.
WCC spokesman Steve Lyons says, â€œWe agree with Governor Walker that this is a huge distraction.â€
Governor Scott Walker made no mention of the right-to-work debate in his State of the State Address last week, but has called on the Legislature not to take it up.
Lyons explains, â€œWe have over 350 private sector businesses from all over the state saying, â€˜please, we donâ€™t want more government intrusion, make this bill go away.'â€
The legislation would prohibit private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment. Lyons says it looks to fix a problem that doesnâ€™t exist in Wisconsin.
He adds, â€œThe Governor has said we donâ€™t have a jobs problem, we have a workforce problem.â€
sssRelations, says right-to-work will boost job growth and keep Wisconsin in line with states that have seen recent booms, like Michigan and Indiana.
Manley says, â€œSince they adopted right-to-work, Indiana has actually grown almost 10,000 jobs from companies who actually express that their status as a right-to-work state was a positive factor in their decision to locate in Indiana.â€
He says private-sector businesses favor right-to-work states.
Manley adds, â€œRoughly half of businesses consider whether or not a state is a right-to-work state as a pass fail test in terms of whether or not they want to locate or invest there.â€ 9 secs
Lyons disagrees. He says right-to-work isnâ€™t a top priority for many job-makers.
According to Lyons, â€œSkilled workforce, infrastructure, a strong tax policy, all of those things are what private companies are interested in, this right to work issue is simply a non-issue.â€
There also seems to be disagreement when it comes to wages in right-to-work states. Those opposed says salaries decrease, but supporters say when you factor in cost-of-living statistics, those in right-to-work states have, on average, $2,000 more in disposable income.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who has supported this in the past, says the debate over making Wisconsin a right-to-work-state could happen as early as this spring, after the April election.