Federal Court Upholds Wisconsin’s Right To Work Law
MADISON – A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Wisconsin’s law that bars collective bargaining agreements requiring workers to pay union fees.
GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers in 2015 approved the measure, known by supporters as a “right-to-work” law. The law ended the ability of unions to reach labor contracts that require all workers in certain jobs to pay union fees, even when they don’t want to belong to a union.
Two units of the International Union of Operating Engineers sued over the law.
Federal law requires unions to represent all workers in certain job classes, while the Wisconsin law prevents the unions from collecting fees from workers who don’t want to pay. The unions argued it was unconstitutional for the government to prevent them from collecting money to cover their costs for representing non-union workers.
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