On Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust agreed with the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists Local 1061 and United Steelworkers District 2. These unions sued the state after Gov. Walker signed right-to-work into law about a year ago.

Wisconsin's right-to-work law lets workers decide whether or not to pay union dues. The unions insist it unconstitutionally seizes union property by requiring unions to extend benefits to workers who don't pay dues. 

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Wisconsin is now the 25th state to criminalize labor deals that require private-sector workers to pay dues.

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Gov. Scott Walker was surrounded by Republican backers of the right-to-work bill as he signed it into law on Monday.

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With a vote of 62 to 35, the Wisconsin state Assembly approved right-to-work legislation after 24 hours of debate.

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The bill that would ban compulsory union membership or dues payment for private sector workers continued its speedy trip through the Capitol Monday.


It seems inevitable that Wisconsin will approve a right-to-work law. It would prohibit companies and unions from forcing workers to pay dues.

The Assembly is expected to approve the bill later this week and send it to Gov. Scott Walker. He has promised to sign it into law.

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Wisconsin is experiencing two major political battles right now – right-to-work and higher education funding. They’re debates that largely skew down partisan lines. But one analyst says they actually have similarities that go deeper.

The Wisconsin Senate passed passed a “right-to-work” bill last night, after about eight hours of debate, and thousands of protesters outside.

The measure prohibits requiring people to join unions or pay union dues, effectively weakening unions and making it more difficult to form unions.

The majority-Republican assembly is expected to pass the bill next week, making Wisconsin the 25th right to work state. It follows similar legislation in Indiana and Michigan.

Gov. Scott Walker told a group of reporters on Thursday that it’s time private-sector unions work for their money.

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The Wisconsin state Senate passed a right-to-work bill Wednesday on a vote of 17-15.

Wisconsin is set to become the nation's 25th "right to work" state. Republicans in the state Legislature are fast-tracking a bill to Gov. Scott Walker, who is a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

The state Senate passed a right-to-work bill late Wednesday, and the State Assembly could pass it next week.

The measure aims to weaken private sector unions by letting workers opt out of mandatory dues. Wisconsin Republicans appear to be following an anti-union playbook that's been circling the Midwest.

As the Wisconsin Senate opened its extraordinary session Wednesday on right-to-work legislation, police escorted two vocal opponents out of the room.

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UPDATE: The Senate labor committee hastily approved the Right-to-Work bill 3-1 after the chair ended the public hearing early for fear there would be disruptions later.

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The Senate labor committee hastily approved a right-to-work bill 3-1 Tuesday evening, after the chair cut short the public hearing, fearing disruptions were imminent.

The NFL Players Association released a statement Tuesday, saying it's monitoring this week's debates and votes in Wisconsin on right-to-work.