Rep. Barca Statement on “Right to Work” Ruling
“This ruling is a victory for workers’ rights and middle class families.”
“This ruling is a victory for workers’ rights and middle class families,” Rep. Barca said. “Middle class Wisconsin workers are in crisis and so-called ‘Right to Work’ laws have been shown to drive down wages and economic growth. The extreme right-wing Republican agenda has been incredibly harmful to working people and businesses in Wisconsin. It is especially disturbing to me that the ‘Right to Work’ bill was rammed through the legislature in a matter of weeks, yet Republicans took no meaningful action this session to grow Wisconsin’s economy and rebuild the middle class.”
A little over a year after the “Right to Work” law was signed, Wisconsin’s economy and workers continue to suffer. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest quarterly jobs numbers found Wisconsin now ranks 40th in private-sector job growth over the past four years – dead last among the 10 Midwest states. In 2015, more than 10,000 Wisconsin workers received layoff notices, which is the highest single-year number since Governor Walker took office. Pew research also recently found that Wisconsin’s middle class is shrinking faster than any other state.
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