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Obama Slams Scott Walker for Wisc. 'Right to Work' Law

Obama Slams Scott Walker for Wisc. 'Right to Work' Law
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By    |   Tuesday, 10 March 2015 06:45 AM

President Barack Obama took the extraordinary step of publicly criticizing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for signing a "right to work" law that blocks unions from collecting mandatory fees from non-union members, the National Journal reported.

Walker is a rising contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. He has built a national reputation for countering union influence. In 2011, as a newly elected governor, he worked to undo the collective bargaining powers of Wisconsin's public employees' unions, according to MSNBC.

"I'm deeply disappointed that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will weaken, rather than strengthen, workers in the new economy," Obama said. "Wisconsin is a state built by labor, with a proud pro-worker past.

"So even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I'd encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans — by taking meaningful action to raise their wages and offer them the security of paid leave," he added.

"That's how you give hardworking middle-class families a fair shot in the new economy — not by stripping their rights in the workplace, but by offering them all the tools they need to get ahead."

Obama continued, "It's no coincidence that the rise of the middle class in America coincided in large part with the rise of unions — workers who organized together for higher wages, better working conditions, and the benefits and protections that most workers take for granted today."

The president said it was "inexcusable that, over the past several years, just when middle-class families and workers need that kind of security the most, there's been a sustained, coordinated assault on unions, led by powerful interests and their allies in government."

The new law means that in Wisconsin unions may not enter into arrangements with the private sector to collect fees from non-members. Those non-members, nevertheless, obtain the same wages, benefits, and grievance process won by the union for its workers, critics of "right to work" laws have pointed out.

Wisconsin joins 24 other states that have "right to work" laws on their books, MSNBC reported.

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President Barack Obama took the extraordinary step of publicly criticizing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for signing a "right to work" law that blocks unions in the state from collecting mandatory fees from non-union members, the National Journal reported.
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