Here in Wisconsin, they're trying to pass 'right to work' laws (which are actually nothing of the kind
), and it's causing a lot of friction.http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/right-to-work-offers-little-for-wisconsins-economy-b99450181z1-293708861.html
The Republicans will make three arguments: Workers should have freedom to choose whether they join a union; right-to-work legislation will boost jobs and the state's economy; Wisconsin will be at a competitive disadvantage if it doesn't adopt right-to-work.
But it's more likely that working class wages will take a hit as private sector unions, already weak, grow weaker still. Right-to-work laws ban labor deals in the private sector that require workers to pay union dues.
This train is being driven by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, a group heavily weighted toward manufacturing, where union membership still hovers around 15% of the workforce — far greater than labor's penetration in other sectors of the economy. Republicans, no doubt, also sense a chance to weaken organized labor, a traditional constituency of the Democrats.
The daylong hearing began at 10 a.m. Sen. Stephen Nass, a Whitewater Republican and the committee's chairman, had planned for it to last until 7 p.m. But around 6:20 p.m. he announced he was ending the hearing due to what he called a "credible threat" that union members planned to disrupt the proceeding.
"We're not going to take a chance," Nass told the crowd. He issued a statement later Tuesday evening saying he didn't want protesters disrupting his meeting the way they did hearings on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's signature measure stripping most public workers of their union rights in 2011.
The Madison protests in 2011 were indeed some of the largest such protests ever seen, peaking at somewhere around 100,000 people, and local Republicans made a pretty considerable fuss at the time about 'not feeling safe', despite the fact that there were around ten arrests over the course of five months, and none of them for anything violent. But at this point, the Republicans have control of the state legislature, and they're taking their chance to push through all sorts of laws like this one. :/