(The Center Square) – Right-to-work supporters aren’t yet worried about its future in Wisconsin.
ASartek workers in Sparta recently dissolved their union, United Electrical Workers Local 1161, after a three-year wait, according to National Right to Work Foundation Vice President Patrick Semmens.
“To begin with, Spartak employee Carl Berg and his colleagues were subject to a ‘contract ban’ imposed by the union for approximately three years, during which time they were not allowed to withdraw their union certification. When Berg was finally able to submit the petition asking the NLRB for a decertification vote, it already contained the signatures of the majority of his colleagues,” Semmens said. “This is likely why the EU union gave up interest before a vote could even be scheduled: union officials saw support for the decertification vote and decided to decline interest in the vote. “unity rather than facing an embarrassing loss at the polls.”
Wisconsin lawmakers approved right-to-work in 2015, even though it has never been popular with Democrats and continues to be a target.
Simmons isn’t as worried about the future of right-to-work in Wisconsin as he is about the Biden administration’s proposed changes.
“As long as the 2020 Foundation-supported reforms to the NLRB Election Rules remain in effect (collectively referred to as the “Election Protection Rule”), workers have 45 days after an employer acknowledges the request for majority support from a union for “card checks”. in which to file a petition requesting a vote to decertify the union,” Semmens said. “Unfortunately, the Biden NLRB will shortly issue a rule rolling back the common sense reforms of 2020. Additionally, the Biden NLRB recently overturned decades of precedent to mandate card checks, and as a result, there will have numerous legal challenges in federal courts on this issue.
Simmons said other states where right-to-work has been repealed have seen it through the legislature, and Wisconsin’s legislature continues to remain under Republican control.
“No state right-to-work law has ever been overturned in court, but Wisconsin union officials wield vast influence over the political system. National Right to Work Foundation attorneys are ready to defend Wisconsin workers’ right to work,” Semmens told Center Square.
Spartac makes everything from fishing lures to vacuum-sealed cups to injection-molded plastics. It has been in business since the 1950s and recently added the italic division.