State Rep. Peter Barca
Press Release

Governor Walker, Republicans rush to pass “Right to Work” to distract from disastrous budget, economic mismanagement

In response, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement.

By - Feb 20th, 2015 09:40 am

MADISON – Today Republican leaders announced plans for an extraordinary session of the legislature next week to pass so-called “Right to Work” legislation.

In response, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement:

“Governor Walker has called so-called ‘Right to Work’ legislation a distraction and apparently that’s exactly what he wants. By rushing to pass Right to Work in less than a week, clearly the governor and Republican legislators want to distract from how destructive their budget is for Wisconsin’s workers, students and middle-class families.

“Wisconsin is already lagging behind most of the nation in jobs and wage growth and ‘Right to Work’ would only make things worse. In fact, the average worker in Right to Work states makes between $5,000 and $6,000 less than the average worker in other states. And calling an extraordinary session will make the budget disaster Republicans have created worse since we’re already scheduled to be in session the following week anyway. What’s the emergency?

“There is broad agreement among workers, businesses and everyday citizens that Right to Work is wrong for Wisconsin. Yet the governor and Republican lawmakers have proven they will do anything to change the subject from their mismanagement of Wisconsin’s economy, including driving down wages for our workers and further dividing our state.”

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15 thoughts on “Governor Walker, Republicans rush to pass “Right to Work” to distract from disastrous budget, economic mismanagement”

  1. Paul says:

    Mr. Barca is wrong once again, unless you compare states that have the same industries, you are comparing apples to oranges.

  2. Mike says:

    ” There is broad agreement among workers, businesses and everyday citizens,,,,,,”
    Obviously he didn’t survey automotive workers employed in Southern states and
    those not eemployed in places such as Kenosha, Detroit etc.

  3. David Ciepluch says:

    Walker, a proven liar, and known crook, has led Wisconsin to a worst in class state in the Midwest and nation with his ALEC laws written by corporations for their benefit only. Only 10% of the workforce is union represented. This is a move to further silence that small remaining voice for working class people that speaks for them on their behalf.

    Workers that do not want to be represented by a union already have 90% of non union businesses and a free choice to work there if that is what they desire. This is completely unnecessary legislation.

    Wisconsin is in a downward spiral that they may never recover from these fascist like ALEC laws and policies.

  4. AG says:

    David Ciepluch, you’re right! Walker is the devil incarnate, here to swallow Wisconsin whole into the nether regions of hate and destruction. Thank god for the Unions, those paladins of all that is fair and just! Luckily, they are so relevant and beneficial in today’s society that there shall be no member who decides to leave their union should this law pass. Every union member benefits GREATLY from their membership. Because of this, even with the passing of RTW laws, we will see no drop in union membership and they will continue the valiant fight against the evil Corporations and their Republican servants! Huzzah!!!

  5. PMD says:

    It’s going to pass, so debating it seems pointless. I really don’t think it’s going to do anything to improve the state’s economy, but I suppose the jury is out on that. I do think Walker lied every time he said the issue wasn’t on his agenda or he wasn’t pushing for it or he didn’t expect it to reach his desk.

  6. Paul says:

    David, Please tell us how Walker is a crook. And also we are not the worst in the Midwest.

  7. Jason says:

    @Paul. All you have to do is to compare Wisconsin’s neighbor state. One of the closest comparisons you can have in terms of population, industry and natural resources. The Walker plans are doing little to nothing for the state or its people. Right to work will have no impact on the states economy.

  8. Tim says:

    “Not the Worst!”

    I think we have a new state slogan!!!

  9. Paul says:

    Tim, David said we were the worst in the Midwest, I was replying to his comment.

  10. Tim says:

    Yes, I know. It’s sad how you’re proud of that.

  11. Paul says:

    Tim, Yes I’m proud every time I can point out a liberal lie

  12. PMD says:

    Paul is the truth squad, truth being whatever Fox News told him to think.

  13. Paul says:

    PMD…..You’re half right, I do tell the truth but I don’t watch Fox News

  14. PMD says:

    Well color me surprised. Where do you get your misinformation then? Talk radio?

  15. Paul says:

    PMD…From all over, the only way to get the truth is to listen and research

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