Group launches to oppose right-to-work bill

More than 300 businesses and trade unions have joined a coalition opposing a right-to-work bill.

Steve Lyons, spokesman for the newly launched Wisconsin Contractors Coalition, said right-to-work would lead to decreases in employee pay and benefits, further hampering efforts to fill thousands of unfilled jobs in skilled trades.

“This system has been in place for a hundred years. and it’s worked really, really well,” Lyons said yesterday.

“Why are we fixing something that’s not broken?”

The coalition is primarily comprised of companies involved in construction.

Lyons said those members are concerned they would have to take on roles currently served by unions — such as worker training programs — if right-to-work becomes law.

A group backing the changes, Wisconsin Right to Work, was announced Dec. 1 and has been running radio ads.

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