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Gov. Walker says Wisconsin will not pursue right-to-work legislation


PEWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says Wisconsin will not follow Michigan’s lead in pursuing a right-to-work law that would weaken private sector unions.

Walker told reporters in Pewaukee Wednesday that a tense debate over the right-to-work issue would be a distraction, as he seeks to create jobs and improve the state’s business climate over the next two years.

On Tuesday, incoming GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would not press for a right-to-work law that prohibits workers from having to belong to unions or pay union dues as conditions of their employment.

The Republican Walker supported such a concept when he was in the State Assembly in the 1990’s. The governor said he’s not flip-flopping. He said a right-to-work debate would create more protests – and it would cause uncertainty among employers about adding jobs, the same as in 2011 during the massive protests over the near-elimination of public union bargaining.

Walker ran for governor on a promise that he would create a quarter-million private sector jobs by the start of 2015.

Only 28-thousand jobs were added in his first year – but he said the numbers have grown sharply this year, and he still believes he can achieve his goal over the next two years.