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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

 7:22 PM 

Senate votes down amendment six as Dems question if right-to-work could impact Packers, Bucks, Brewers

The Senate rejected amendment six as Dems questioned whether right-to-work impacts the state's professional sports franchises, including the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.

The NFL Players Association issued a statement yesterday opposing the bill. The statement cited a concern for the ability of food and commercial workers who service players and fans at Lambeau Field “will have their wellbeing and livelihood jeopardized.”

But Dems focused their comments on a provision that anyone who forces someone to join a union or pay dues would be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. They questioned of any players could run afoul of the law, particularly since it does not specify who could be charged. But the drafting instructions single out "specifically someone who uses force, intimidation, etc. to compel any person to either join/support a labor organization or not join/support a labor organization is subject to this penalty." 

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, read an email he said was from Leg Counsel that suggested the law would apply to professional sports franchises.

“They are covered by this because a union is a union,” he said.


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