‘Right to work’ bill will hurt families and communities, Kippers said

KippersAtRightToWorkNewsConference_120pxJoining labor leaders from throughout the state, WEAC President Betsy Kippers spoke Monday at a news conference, shedding light on the damage that a “right to work” bill would have on the state.

“So-called ‘right to work’ is wrong for all workers,” Kippers said. “We all need a voice in what’s best for our families and communities and for our working relationships with our employers.”

She said that after Wisconsin educators were stripped of collective bargaining rights under Act 10 four years ago, “we were limited in our ability to speak up in a unified voice about what’s best for students. Across Wisconsin, we now have larger class sizes which means less one-on-one time for our students.”

Kippers said the Right to Work bill would have a similar negative impact on not only workers but citizens throughout our communities. “Relate that to nurses,” she said. “Will patient caseloads go up should they not have an avenue to voice their concerns? What will happen when safety workers are forced to work longer hours, longer shifts and have more area to cover?”

“This is about protecting our families and communities, and keeping the voice of professionals in their profession,” Kippers said. “There’s no reason for this legislation to stop the workers’ voice.”

Republican legislators are quickly moving a Right to Work bill through the Legislature. The bill would bar private-sector businesses and unions from reaching labor deals that require workers to pay union dues, effectively undermining the role of unions in the workplace.

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