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Wisconsin Unions Plan Capitol Rallies Against Right-To-Work

State AFL-CIO Responds To GOP's Fast-Tracked Bill

Wisconsin AFL-CIO (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Labor groups are promising protests against Republican efforts to pass right-to-work legislation this week at the state Capitol.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO said rallies will be held at the state Capitol Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s unclear how many people will show up. But AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Stephanie Bloomingdale said protesters won’t be deterred by the winter weather.

“We’re Wisconsinites. We know how to deal with the cold,” she said.

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Bloomingdale said it’s undemocratic and shameful that Republican lawmakers plan to fast-track the right-to-work legislation. Business groups argue that making it illegal to force private sector workers to pay union dues as part of labor deals will boost job creation in Wisconsin.