NRTWC Release: Wisconsin Enacts Nation’s 25th Right to Work Law
Law expands Wisconsin private-sector workers’ rights to refrain from union membership and dues payments
Washington, DC (March 9, 2015) – Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Committee, has released the following statement regarding Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signing a bill enacting a private-sector Right to Work law:
“Congratulations to Wisconsin in becoming America’s 25th Right to Work state. Despite the loud and apoplectic cries of union officials, Right to Work is simply an application to labor law of the First Amendment freedoms that are a bedrock of our republic. The First Amendment right for Wisconsin’s private-sector workers to refrain from union membership and dues payments is long overdue.
“We hope today will put pressure on the remaining holdouts in the Midwest who continue to permit workers to be fired simply for refusing to pay money to a union they don’t support. Every worker deserves freedom of choice when it comes to union membership and dues payment, and if states like Michigan and Wisconsin can pass Right to Work then Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio can too.
“Wisconsin workers are now free from being forced to pay union dues or fees to get or keep a job. If workers have any questions about the law and how to exercise their rights under it, they can call the National Right to Work Foundation at 1-800-336-3600.”
The National Right to Work Committee, established in 1955, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens’ organization dedicated to the principle that all Americans must have the right to join a union if they choose to, but none should ever be forced to affiliate with a union in order to get or keep a job. Its web address is NRTWC.org.