POTENTIAL REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HOPES FOR FEDERAL “RIGHT-TO-WORK” LAW
Gov. Scott Walker, a possible 2016 U.S. presidential contender, told an interviewer in a report that was broadcast by Radio Iowa on April 25 that he would “seek changes in the civil service system for federal employees” if he were elected president and that he would push for a right-to-work law on the federal level.
Wisconsin became the 25th so-called “right-to-work state” under a law Walker signed on March 9. Right-to-work laws weaken unions by extending all the benefits of union contracts to workers who do not pay dues. Union members and their supporters in Wisconsin held multiple demonstrations to protest the legislation, which was passed in a fast-track process. In 2011, Walker eliminated collective bargaining rights for most public sector workers in the state.
Republicans in Wisconsin now say they have a “better than 50 percent” chance of scrapping state laws that ensure construction workers a living wage. State Rep. Rob Hutton has said he plans to tack his bill to repeal the state’s nearly century-old “prevailing wage” law for construction workers on local and state projects onto the state budget that must pass in the next few months.