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WI Gov. Scott Walker signs Right to Work law

WI Gov. Scott Walker signs Right to Work law

Another feather in his cap.

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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Maybe all those “Gaffes” in the news about his stance on evolution and his lack of opinion on Obama’s religion were actually red herrings designed to keep protests down to a minimum as this legislation passed.

Even if it wasn’t planned that way, it could be utilized to demonstrate his political and media acumen.

The media would look like the fools they are for having pressed him on the non-issues while he gave Wisconsin the right to work.

    ConradCA in reply to Paul. | March 10, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Maybe all those “Gaffes” in the news about his stance on evolution and his lack of opinion on Obama’s religion were actually red herrings designed to keep protests down to a minimum as this legislation passed

    None of those “Gaffes” were real. Just Walker avoiding insane gotcha questions.

That’s a pen and non-phony I’d vote for!

Henry Hawkins | March 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

Getting a RTW law passed is difficult, but to have done it in deep blue Wisconsin is phenomenal. Five years ago the unions owned the state.

every place i ever w*rked that had a union, it was the union that kept my pay low: i couldn’t earn a raise by hard w*rk or innovation, only by staying there for years and waiting for people to die off or leave.

thanks for nothing, unions.

    Spiny Norman in reply to redc1c4. | March 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    My father was UAW for about 6 months in 1960. That experience is why he’s despised Big Labor ever since. When the Los Angeles Chrysler assembly plant closed in 1969, his reaction was, “Good. They deserve it.”

24th state? Bosh….. that’s just barely over half of all 57 states. No biggie.

By the way, the correct way to answer the question about believing in evolution is like this….

Understanding is the realm of science. Belief is the realm of religion. Not knowing the difference is the realm of journalism. And, yes, I understand the theory of evolution.

Unions membership should always be voluntary – when you make membership mandatory the unions bosses can disregard their members best interests.

For instance why isn’t their fight to secure the borders and protect the American workforce legendary – Cause it never happened.

How about the other legendary fight to keep manufacturing jobs in America

“(critics) say the law change isn’t about worker rights but more about driving down wages and exerting more control over the workplace.

Sure. Far better to drive down personal wages with compulsory monthly dues for a compulsory membership in a gangster-like organization where you can’t elect union bosses or refuse allegiance to their Democrat party patrons.

“so-called right-to-work legislation”
Got to love the unbiased reporting.

I just gave Friends of Scott Walker $100.

buckeyeminuteman | March 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Why is he using so many pens?

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | March 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Yeah now that Janesville closed it’s plant.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | March 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Sells them on eBay.

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | March 9, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    It used to be that world leaders would have to sign multiple copies of documents. What would happen is, for example, when Reagan and Gorbachov sign a peace accord each would sign each document with a different pen. They would then exchange pens which the other kept as a souvenier.

    Pen companies, most natably Parker, would start supplying pens, with the understanding that they would get one of the pens. Parker used to have a museum in Janesville of historic pens. I don’t know if they still do, since they closed their plant.

    Later when people instrumental in certain legislation got pens too. Like Sarbanes and Oxley probably got pens when their bill was signed.

    In the most American fashion this expanded to the point where so many people get pens when a document is signed that the signer uses a new pen for each letter of his name.

    That is why there are so many pens.

By the time Walker is finished in Wisconsin, it will once again be a free state instead of the crony run, gangster led state typical of democrat entrenched states. If other R governors in deep blue states had guts and integrity they would be following the same path.

Michael Haz | March 9, 2015 at 1:42 pm

The unions put up only token protests while the right to work bill was working its way through the legislative process. That was a big change from the huge protests that surrounded the passage of ACT 10 into law four years ago, and the subsequent recall election.

Maybe the unions have finally figured out that every protest they hold simply furthers Walker’s likability as a presidential candidate. Or maybe not; the protesters don’t seem all that bright sometimes.

As a life-long resident of Wisconsin, I never thought I’d live long enough to see all of this happen here. Walker is a remarkable politician: he simply does what he says he’ll do. And he has a titanium spine.

I think a valuable lesson for other politicians here is: If you do what you say you’re going to do, things get easier for you as time passes.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Michael Haz. | March 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    ACT 10 was existential from the WI public union point of view. They blew everything ($$$) fighting it and lost, the results of which cut off their money supply. They had little left to fight the RTW law, the inevitable follow up law, once you’ve broken public unions.

    The Democrat Party in Wisconsin continues to scream bloody murder, but in fact, they’ve merely lost a monopoly on money and power and have to compete on a level playing field now. A level playing field! The horror!!

And Leftists contort in purple apoplexy because they can’t stand anybody pruning their power to tyrannize.

Liberal fascists. Always with the “ideas so good they have to be mandatory”.

Good on Walker for bringing choice to the workers of Wisconsin.

Walker -vs- Hillary
Not Clinton/Bush -vs- Clinton
Young -vs- Old
Tall and slim -vs- Short and not slim
Rides a Harley -vs- Doesn’t drive
No baggage -vs- NASA Super Pressure Balloon size baggage, but small in comparison to her Spouse
White House Travel Office will welcome -vs- Won’t
Hollywood won’t Welcome -vs- Will
Europe will look down on -vs- Europe will praise, like President Obama!
Son of a Preacher -vs- Founder of “nonprofit” $Billion dollar Foundation receiving $Millions from any Foreigner with the $Millions
Bimbo free -vs- Master Bimbo Fixer, Emeritus, Number retired & on the stadium Ring, Hall of Fame Class of 2001, Voted Third Millennial All-Star MVP
Uses government email system -vs- Doesn’t
Doesn’t have his own private Server and Domain -vs- Does
Answers FOIA requests -vs- Rejects State Department email account, sets up own Server to avoid FOIA
Advances Workers Right to Choose -vs- Flew a million miles, gargantuan carbon footprint notwithstanding

Didn’t lie thru his teeth to grieving parents in front of flag-draped coffins -vs- Did

Good for him but he is also for continuing an ethanol fuel mandate and subsidy. I know he can’t be perfect but come on the fuel mandate is hurting our country.

    platypus in reply to Roux. | March 10, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Well, if I were younger I’d chase the fame that would come with changing his mind on the subject. All it will take is someone talking as straight to him with evidence-based facts the same way he’s been talking to all of us.

This should be a civil right nationwide. No one should be forced to join a union or other organization as can condition of work and they should have to pay them either.