Wisconsin set to join Indiana, Michigan as recent Midwestern states to enact right-to-work

Economic IndicatorsAssociated Press

Wisconsin would join Michigan and Indiana as the third Midwestern state in as many years to enact a right-to-work law under a proposal the Assembly is set to begin debating.

The Wisconsin Assembly scheduled 24 hours of debate on the measure, ending no later than 9 a.m. Friday. Democrats don't have the votes to stop it, and Gov. Scott Walker, a likely presidential candidate, plans to sign it into law on Monday.

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Wisconsin will be the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law, which prohibits private-sector businesses from entering labor contracts that require workers to pay union dues.

During the two weeks that the bill rocketed through the Legislature, supporters and opponents turned to the experiences of Indiana and Michigan to get a sense of what may happen in Wisconsin.