RIGHT-TO-WORK: The Ultimate Lost Cause for Wisconsin Unions

By Christian Schneider

During Chuck Nevitt’s undistinguished NBA playing career, he earned the nickname “The Human Victory Cigar,” as he only made it onto the court after his team was ahead by an insurmountable margin. The 7-foot-5 center played only 826 minutes over the span of nine NBA seasons, which is equivalent to about 18 full games. When Nevitt pulled his sweatpants off, the starting players began making dinner plans.

In Wisconsin politics, the billionaire Koch brothers have now become the Republican human victory cigars. When the left has exhausted every talking point and political strategy, it trots out uncles Charles and David Koch as a last gasp.

Hearing the word “Koch” from a Democrat means something he really doesn’t like is about to happen, and he is powerless to stop it. When it is invoked, there is likely a Republican and a bottle of champagne chilling nearby.

Such is the case with this week’s right-to-work debate as legislative Republicans are poised to send a bill to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk. Early in the week, Democrats were crowing that the bill, which would bar labor agreements requiring union fees, closely resembled model legislation put forth by the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council.

But, in fact, the bill was modeled on Michigan’s 2012 right-to-work law. Wisconsin’s Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), noted that replicating Michigan’s law was important because it has already withstood a federal court challenge.

That hasn’t kept groups such as the leftist Center for Media and Democracy from trying to tie the right-to-work effort to America’s most infamous figures, such as the Koch brothers, the John Birch Society and probably Katy Perry’s terrible dancing shark.

What these groups can’t seem to grasp is that Wisconsinites actually support the idea of being able to hold a job without being forced to pay dues to a union. According to a poll that noted Marquette pollster Charles Franklin deemed the best when it comes to asking a right-to-work question, 62% of Wisconsinites said they would support such a bill.

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