Assembly Labor Committee To Hold Hearing For Right To Work Monday

Hearing Will Begin At 10 AM, Is 'Tentatively' Scheduled To Last Until 8 PM


Rep. Andre Jacques, R-DePere, the chairman of the Assembly Labor Committee. Courtesy of Wisconsin State Legislature

A bill to make Wisconsin the nation’s 25th right-to-work state will get its final public hearing Monday.

Assembly Republicans scheduled the hearing to begin at 10 a.m. with an “anticipated” ending time of 8 p.m.

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At this Tuesday’s public Senate hearing, many opponents of the right-to-work bill did not get a chance to speak before the meeting was adjourned. Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Milton, said that was unacceptable, given that some people drove several hours to testify.

“Can you imagine making that drive and then being told, ‘Store’s closed — your voice isn’t that important. Go check a box on a piece of paper and that will be good enough.’ It’s not good enough,” he said.

The chairman of the Assembly Labor Committee, Republican Rep. Andre Jacque, said he’s giving each speaker at least seven minutes, with potentially more time, to answer questions. Jacque said he wants Monday’s meeting to be a hearing and not a filibuster.