Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday signed a bill intended at checking the strength of private-sector unions.
The development is the latest one in a range of decisions taken this winter to underscore Walker’s conservative policies as the Wisconsin Governor pursues the Republican nomination for the presidential elections in 2016.
With the new law, the unions’ power also ends that used to allow them collect fees from workers they represent who deny to join and pay their dues.
While signing the crucial bill, the Wisconsin Governor said that the new law would boost the expansion of businesses in the state.
With the enactment of measure, Wisconsin has become the 25th state in the United States as well as the third in the industrial Midwest to adopt such an act, which the supporters term as the “right-to-work”.
On the other hand, the opponents said that the measure will highly undermine the unions as it will encourage the people to turn into “free riders” after gaining the benefits of union representation and that too without paying for it.
The unions are legally needed to represent the workers and their interests. The workers are those who are covered under a contract, whether those employees join the union or not.
The laws related to right-to-work have been in place for a long time in the South as well as the conservative states of interior West and the Great Plains. In the recent times, the business groups supported by Republican allies have been expanding the number of states with similar laws, and successfully pushed them in states like Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.