'Right-to-work' push appears stranded in Legislature

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 17, 2012 - 12:15 AM

The proposed constitutional amendment does not seem to have enough legislative backers.

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sjhuotMar. 16, 1211:07 PM

Good! Anyone who looks at the statistics about what "benefits" the RTW gives to workers has to acknowledge that it does not increase employment, raise wages, or adequately address issues of worker safety of compliance with safety regulations.

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uscitizen2Mar. 16, 1211:25 PM

Perhaps too many Republicans in the legislature fear the public is smelling this worker's right to mediocre working conditions' rat too well for their re-election prospects?

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wildfoxMar. 16, 1211:39 PM

Between 1943 and 1972 union membership was 30-39%. The decline in union membership started shortly after Reagan became president. In 1980 20% of the workforce were unionized by the time GH Bush left the white house only 11% of the workforce were in a union. When GW Bush left office the number was down to 7%. In 2011 membership was up to 11%, thanks to President Obama.

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wildfoxMar. 16, 1211:41 PM

Anyone who advocates for RTW should watch the movie "Matewan" then reassess your RTW ideology.

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crem0020Mar. 17, 1212:28 AM

After RTW style mentality, Wisconsin is the only state in the nation with 6 months of consecutive private sector job declines... Government reforms are over rated. Although it may not be perfect, most of the time the 'fixes' are worse...

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potter101Mar. 17, 1212:43 AM

Right to be a slave state brought to you by the regressive party, who's motto is forever backwards.

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potter101Mar. 17, 1212:44 AM

wildfoxMar. 16, 1211:39 PM Between 1943 and 1972 union membership was 30-39%. The decline in union membership started shortly after Reagan became president. In 1980 20% of the workforce were unionized by the time GH Bush left the white house only 11% of the workforce were in a union. When GW Bush left office the number was down to 7%. In 2011 membership was up to 11%, thanks to President Obama.**********************What a great thing to say about Obama, he cares for the worker other then just caring for CEO bonuses.

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potter101Mar. 17, 1212:46 AM

It is simply a regressive plan to destroy unions to stop the biggest supporter of the worker and the democratic party. Think about this, who wants this and why.

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potter101Mar. 17, 1212:54 AM

Did you know that executive bonuses go up when a state becomes a right to work state. Wonder were they get the money from.

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macmac911Mar. 17, 12 1:09 AM

So you rubes would rather that the Unions continue to push and push companies out of profitability until they are forced to go over seas. It is all about your wants vs the needs of the company. Your pathetic and a parasite on our great nation. Try standing on your own two feet for once.

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