Gwen Moore: Walker continues assault on working-class Wisconsin

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee

In the ongoing assault on Wisconsin’s working class, Gov. Scott Walker signed another crippling anti-worker bill into law.

This so-called “right to work” legislation is nothing but a bald-faced attempt by our Republican governor and Legislature to protect special interests at the expense of working class families. I am reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King, who once said, “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights.”

During his re-election campaign, Gov. Walker made numerous claims that he would refrain from pushing for such legislation in his new term. Instead of keeping that promise, Gov. Walker once again broke his word and asked the Republican-controlled Legislature to “fast-track” their “right to work” bill.

In addition to hurting his already damaged credibility, this unprecedented move made it possible for Republicans to limit the amount of time available to opposition groups to organize against the bill. Limiting transparency and public dialogue with this approach goes against the fundamentals of our democracy and further exposes the governor’s utter lack of respect for his constituents.

Unions have been a vital source of economic strength for Wisconsin and the nation. They have given workers a collective voice to fight against unfair business practices by companies that prioritize profit over employees. While I am greatly distressed over the actions taken today by the governor and state Legislature, it only strengthens my resolve to continue our fight for fair treatment of the working class. As the backbone of our nation, our working families deserve better.