Assistant Prof. Jon Shelton of Democracy and Justice Studies, a specialist in U.S. labor and working-class history, has very strong opinions about the so-called right to work legislation being considered in Madison. In a guest op-ed piece in the Feb. 25 Green Bay Press-Gazette, Shelton argues that “fair share” opt-outs already guarantee Wisconsin workers aren’t being forced to join unions against their will. Read more.
In an opposing viewpoint paired with Shelton’s column, a national right-to-work advocate cited statistics and said neighboring states Indiana and Michigan adopted such measures a few years ago, and the laws haven’t prevented wages from rising there. Read more.