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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

 4:31 PM 

Dems plan right-to-work amendments heading into committee vote

Assembly Labor Committee Dems outlined their right-to-work battle plans today prior to an executive session on the bill.

Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, said Dems would introduce four amendments to the right-to-work bill in committee. Those amendments are: delaying the effective date of the bill by 90 days; removing the criminal penalty in the bill that would make violation of right-to-work a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine; restoring the labor law's preamble, which emphasizes the importance of labor peace; and adding a sunset to right-to-work under which the law would phase out if wages in the state go down after three years.

The Department of Workforce Development would track median wages in the state during the three years to determine if the sunset applies, Mason said.

"We are choosing those four amendments because that is what we heard over and over again during testimony," he said.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, responding after the Assembly Dems completed their press conference, said the amendments will fail.

"We are not going to accept amendments," he said, "that have no purpose other than to delay implementation of the bill."


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