In the debate over Right to Work in Wisconsin, one leader stands out: State Senator Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald recognized a vacuum of leadership on the issue and stepped up to fill it.
With a Republican governor and strong majorities in both houses of the legislature, Fitzgerald understood that his party could not indefinitely delay action on Right to Work.
“This has to be dealt with now and early in the session,” said Fitzgerald. “We can’t tip toe through this session without addressing Right to Work.”
Ironically, momentum for action on Right to Work began building after former Assembly Speaker and union lobbyist John Gard, admonished Assembly Republicans to steer clear of the issue at a private donor meeting in December. Gard was joined by Terry McGowan, president of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139. McGowan told the group that his union had supported Republicans in recent elections.
According to Rightwisconsin.com, “Gard told the group of Republican legislators that they must be concerned about the politics of addition, not subtraction; and that the headwinds faced in the 2016 election mean that Republicans cannot afford to lose support or members. The implied message was that pursuing Right to Work could cost some members their seats in 2016.”
Last week, Fitzgerald announced that he had the votes to pass Right to Work in the Wisconsin State Senate, and he and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called an extraordinary session to take up legislation this week. As the Capitol Square in Madison is once again flooded with union activists who want to deny your right to choose whether or not to join a union, remember to say thank you to State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and his members for having the courage to stand up and be counted.
And please contact your legislators at 1-800-362-9472 today. Tell them that you’re standing with them on Right to Work.
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