A Wisconsin judge opted against blocking the state's new right-to-work law. The decision will allow the law to go into effect while a lawsuit challenging the legislation works its way through the court system.
The AFL-CIO, Machinists Local Lodge 1061 in Milwaukee, and United Steelworkers District 2 in Menasha requested that Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust install a temporary injunction against the law, arguing that the legislation equates to an unlawful seizure of union property because it requires unions to provide benefits to workers who don't pay dues.
Right-to-work laws, which have been passed in 25 states, ban employers and unions from entering into contracts that only cover union members. This allows workers who do not pay dues to enjoy the benefits of collective bargaining deals. Consequentially, critics say,right-to-work laws undermine the strength of unions, which rely on membership dues for activities such as funding lengthy contract negotiations, supporting political candidates and representing workers in unfair termination cases,.