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UPDATE: Wisconsin officially becomes Right-to-Work state with Governor's signature

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker signs Right-to-Work legislation Monday morning in Brown Deer, near Milwaukee.

He put pen to paper at Badger Meter, surrounded by company officials and others who supported the controversial bill. The new law is seen as a blow to organized labor by banning contracts that force all workers of private-sector companies to pay union dues.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Monday, Governor Scott Walker will sign Wisconsin's controversial Right-to-Work bill into law.

The law prohibits agreements between private sector companies and unions that force workers to pay union dues. Many union members protested the bill during hearings at the state Capitol, saying it's a union-busting tactic. Supporters countered it gives people a sense of workplace freedom.

Governor Walker took on public sector unions shortly after he took office in 2011, another controversial move that led to a recall effort against him the next year. The Act 10 law effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, which resulted in a decrease in union membership.

Governor Walker previously said Right-to-Work would be a distraction, but quickly put his support behind it when Republicans brought it up at the beginning of this session.


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