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Monday, March 2, 2015

 2:21 PM 

Union exec: Right-to-work will push down wages

Mark Reihl, executive director of the Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters, argued the state's adoption of right-to-work would push down wages.

To illustrate his point, Reihl compared carpenter wages in Madison to those in Omaha, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa. Nebraska and Iowa are right-to-work states and, like Wisconsin, members of a six-state regional council of carpenters.

The take-home hourly rate in Des Moines is $6 less than in Madison, Reihl said, and the rate in Omaha is $8.53 less than in Madison.

"One thing about right-to-work," he said, " is any policy the state adopts puts downward pressure on wage rates."


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