Put another feather in his cap, Scott Walker today signed Right to Work legislation in Wisconsin, becoming the 24th State to do so.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported prior to the signing:

Gov. Scott Walker will sign so-called right-to-work legislation on Monday morning at Badger Meter in Brown Deer after the Assembly passed the measure Friday morning following almost 24 hours of debate.

The measure bans labor contracts that would make it mandatory for workers to pay union fees.

The legislation zoomed into play this year, pushed by GOP legislators, after Walker brushed aside the issue as a distraction during his re-election campaign last year.

Now as a presumed 2016 presidential hopeful, the pending change in law could add polish to Walker’s record on business.

Twenty-four states have right-to-work laws.

Supporters say that workers shouldn’t be forced to pay a group if they don’t believe in it. They say the change could provide a spark to the Wisconsin economy.

Opponents say businesses and unions should be left alone to negotiate labor contracts. They say the law change isn’t about worker rights but more about driving down wages and exerting more control over the workplace.

Here are some images from the signing:

Scott Walker Right to Work Signing

Scott Walker Right to Work Signing crowd

Scott Walker Right to Work Signing Speech Badger Meter

Scott Walker Right to Work Signing close up


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