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Walker Says Private Sector Unions Will Be Fine if They Provide Value

Gov. Scott Walker told a group of reporters on Thursday that it’s time private-sector unions work for their money. The statement was in response to a question about the fate of unions if Wisconsin does indeed become the 25th state to pass right-to-work laws.

“I think those that provide real value to their members will continue to be strong,” Walker says.

The legislation is now headed to the state Assembly where it will be taken up next week.  After months of saying right-to-work was not a priority for him, the governor has said he will sign the legislation. He says he’s always supported the reform, and now is the time as the votes are there. In addition, Walker says right-to-work won’t provide the distraction he feared because lawmakers can’t take up the budget until the Legislative Fiscal Bureau is done with its revue.

LaToya was a reporter with WUWM from 2006 to 2021.