Tag Archives: Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters

Trades leaders plea for civil discussion on right-to-work (UPDATE)

Steamfitters Local 601 members Mike Puleo (left) and Gary Pease join labor workers for a rally in the state Capitol in Madison as legislators hold hearings regarding a proposed right-to-work bill on Feb. 24, 2015. One year after the law was enacted, union membership is declining while contracts remain robust. (AP File Photo/John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)

Despite the opposition of one Madison sheet-metal worker, trades union members largely expressed agreement Tuesday morning with their leaders' call to reason with lawmakers over right-to-work legislation rather than take to the street in protest.

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CAPITOLISMS BLOG: Right-to-work and unleashing hungry wolves

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker gives a thumbs up as he speaks at his campaign party, in West Allis, Wis. With Republicans holding even tighter control of the Wisconsin Legislature than before and Gov. Scott Walker enjoying his third statewide victory in four years, there is little to stop their agenda from moving quickly next year. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

In an article appearing next to Terry McGowan’s byline in the winter issue of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139’s Wisconsin News, the president and business manager of the road-builders and excavators union declares there are “strong political allies standing with us” in the fight against right-to-work legislation, changes to the state’s prevailing wage and similar proposals.

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