Wisconsin's “right-to-work” law was struck down on Friday April 8, 2016 by Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust, who deemed it "an unlawful
seizure of property because it required private-sector unions to extend benefits
to workers who don’t pay dues." The court argued that under “right to work”
unions “will be obligated to spend treasury—their property—on services for which they cannot legally request compensation.”
Because there were so few businesses and citizens in favor of “right to work”,
the law’s passage required that it be pushed through the legislature with the financing of ALEC and Koch Brother propaganda arms providing the illusion of grassroots support. The real grassroots, the actual 450 Wisconsin construction firms that formed a coalition to fight interference into private sector contracts, were ignored.
Since its passage, the “right to work” law may be compelling some business owners to move their businesses to states that allow them to freely access the skilled labor that unions help provide. One example is the Black River Falls-based Hoffman Construction Company which is expanding its business operations into Minnesota where businesses and workers are free to exercise their associational rights free from this type of government interference. President and CEO James Hoffman attributed his decision not only to “right-to-work”, but also to the undermining of the states prevailing wage laws.
On Monday April 18th Wisconsin's Republican attorney general asked Judge
Foust to stay his decision and allow the law to remain in effect throughout the
appeals process. It is expected that the case will head straight to the state Supreme Court, where the April 5 election of Justice Rebecca Bradley secured a 5-2 conservative majority, a majority which has benefited directly from the same ALEC/Koch Brother propaganda arms that has given us “right to work.” This will inevitably lead to a conflict of interest and another example of why we need to get money out of politics.