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​Governor Scott Walker recently signed legislation that makes Wisconsin a right to work state. If you’re like most people, you have a vague idea of what “right to work” means, but here’s a quick breakdown.

Right to work legislation guarantees that “no person can be compelled, as a condition of employment, to join or not to join, nor to pay dues to a labor union.” 

The History of Wisconsin and Unions

Wisconsin is credited with hosting the birth of the Labor Movement. The first unions were formed right here in Milwaukee—bricklayers and carpenters got the ball rolling in 1847 and 1848, respectively. After the Civil War, unions got bigger in the state; then they spread to other states.

What the Numbers Say

The statistics weighing in on either side of the issue are tough to decipher. The AFL-CIO, which speaks in favor of unions, says that states with Right to Work laws have lower wages and incomes, lower rates of health insurance coverage and higher poverty levels. On the other hand, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation says that those statistics are untrue; they claim that Right to Work states have a higher standard of living and more purchasing power.

They’re both partly right, according to the Wall Street Journal

Forbes says Right to Work legislation isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

It seems like nobody can agree on what’s right and what’s wrong for Wisconsin, so that leaves us to our own ends. What do you think about Governor Walker signing the Right to Work legislation? Will it affect you and your family, or is it something you haven’t had to consider? Have your say on my Facebook page. I’d love to hear your opinion!

Carlos Gamino



Scott Walker and the Right-to-Work Bill - by Carlos Gamino, Attorney
​Carlos Gamino, a Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer, stays on top of Wisconsin news—especially that which relates to the governing of our great state. Here’s his take on Governor Scott Walker’s recent actions on right-to-work issues and how they affect us.
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Scott Walker and The Right to Work Bill

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