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Rights get lost in 'right to work'
By Bob Peterson
Dec. 18, 2010
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
JSonline.com
www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/112101464.html

Wisconsin desperately needs family-supporting jobs. Yet
the Republicans are using their newfound majority to
lose jobs, ask working people to do with less and
attack organized labor.

Even though he has yet to take office, Governor-elect
Scott Walker has managed to lose thousands of jobs by
refusing $810 million in federal money for high-speed
rail - including the loss of a major manufacturing
firm.

And now Republican Rep. Robin Vos of Rochester is
promoting misnamed right-to-work legislation. Such
anti-democratic laws are nothing more than a cover for
pro-corporate interests who know that weak unions and
low wages can build ever-higher profits. Rather than
build prosperity, they will undermine our state's
progressive tradition and quality of life.

This country has a long history with such anti-union
laws. Most states with these measures are in the West
or the South, such as Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, and have lower wages
and a poorer quality of life.

A better name for Vos' proposal would be "race to the
bottom." Here's why.

(For full story, go to www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/112101464.html

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