Wisconsin is Right-To-Work State, Again, For Now

In March of 2015, Governor Scott Walker signed the Wisconsin Right-to-Work bill into law, making the Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the nation.  The law was challenged by organized labor and struck down last month by Dane County Circuit Judge William Faust, who also declined to stay his ruling pending appeal.  Notwithstanding his refusal…

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Wisconsin Court Strikes Down Right to Work

In a ruling last week that caught many by surprise, a state court judge ruled the Wisconsin right-to-work law violated the state constitution.  Dane County Court Judge William Foust agreed with the organized labor plaintiffs that the right to work law was an illegal taking of union funds by the government without compensation.  Not surprisingly,…

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Utah and Wisconsin Ban Joint-Employer

Speaking of the egregious joint-employer ruling, two more states have enacted laws that strictly prohibit the application of the NLRB joint-employer definition within their boundaries.  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is expected to sign H.116, which specifies that no franchisee or employee of a franchisee shall be considered an employee of the franchisor for any purpose…

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Tackling “Joint Employer” in the New Year

As the individual state legislatures begin new sessions, efforts to address the new NLRB definition of a joint employer at the state level are front and center in Wisconsin, Michigan and Virginia.  Senate Bill 422 in Wisconsin prohibits a franchisor being considered a joint employer with the franchisee unless the former agrees to the role…

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Minimum Wage News Around the Country

The issue of minimum wage increases continues to generate much by way of news and headlines around the country.  In Seattle, the International Franchise Association (IFA) was back in court this past week formally appealing an earlier decision by a lower court that denied their motion for an injunction against the Seattle minimum wage law. …

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Wisconsin Senate Repeals Prevailing Wage

Wisconsin Senate Repeals Prevailing Wage – In another blow to organized labor interests, the Wisconsin assembly joined the state senate in approving the state’s two-year budget including a proviso that repeals the state prevailing wage law.  The budget including the elimination of prevailing wage is now before Republican Governor Scott Walker, expected to announce his…

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Right To Work Done, Wisconsin Looks At Prevailing Wage

With organized labor racking up a number of wins across the country from NLRB rulings, minimum wage increases, and the like, it is refreshing to see what Wisconsin Governor (and as-yet-unannounced GOP Presidential candidate) Scott Walker is now pursuing along with the Wisconsin legislature – repeal of the state prevailing wage law.  This week, the…

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Obama Slams Wisconsin’s Walker for Signing Right To Work Law

Just days after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed his state up as the 25th in the nation with a Right-To-Work law on the books, lame-duck President Barack Obama attacked the likely candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination in a statement released Monday by the White House.  In part, Obama professed his deep disappointment that…

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Wisconsin’s Governor Walker Signs Right to Work Law

It was not the least bit surprising when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker this week signed into law Right to Work legislation making Wisconsin the 25th state to enact right-to-work laws. The law makes it illegal to require the payment of union dues as a requirement of employment.  Walker, a likely GOP presidential candidate for the…

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Then Labor Sues Him Over It

Just days after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the new Wisconsin new Right to Work legislation into law, organized labor expressed their strong disapproval by filing suit challenging the new law as an unconstitutional transfer of property in that unions would still be required under federal law to provide services to employees who choose not…

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