Republican State Rep. Chris Kapenga to submit “right to work” for less legislation

According to a report by Todd Richmond of Bloomberg Businessweek, Republican State Rep. Chris Kapenga is poised to submit “right to work” for less legislation here in Wisconsin during the next legislative session.

A Republican lawmaker promised Tuesday to introduce a right-to-work bill, prompting warnings from a Democratic leader that the state could see a round of protests reminiscent of the massive demonstrations against Gov. Scott Walker’s law stripping public workers of their union rights.

Rep. Chris Kapenga of Delafield, one of the most conservative members of the Assembly GOP caucus, said he’s convinced right-to-work legislation is right for the state. He said he believes giving people the choice of whether to join a union will boost incomes and the state’s economy.

“It’s the right direction to go,” Kapenga said in a telephone interview. “I’m convinced this is a very important piece of continuing growth in the state.”

According to the article, Rep. Kapenga noted Assembly Speaker Robin Vos supports “right to work” for less legislation, and if that’s true (which it no doubt is) then we can expect to see Rep. Kapenga’s legislation fast-tracked in the Assembly.


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22 thoughts on “Republican State Rep. Chris Kapenga to submit “right to work” for less legislation

  1. Zach, thanks.

    GOP’s making war on the housing and auto industries. When wingnuts cut income, they depreciate the value we have in our vehicles and homes. Naturally this hurts new home construction/sales and new vehicle sales.

    It’s a race to the bottom.

    1. Do you think there could be a racial component to this. I hope he isn’t outing himself as a member of the KKK.

      Psssst, Psssssst, the messiah (Obama) pointed out that elections have consequences…

  2. I’m curious as to whether or not the DPW has a strategy prepared for this. It seemed inevitable for the past couple years that if Gov. Walker was re-elected, we would see “right to work” legislation advanced in our state sooner than later.

    Is there a strategy that DPW has laid out, or are we just going to see a lot of protests full of college students with a lot of chanting and over-the-top rhetoric? Is there a plan to advertise and educate average Wisconsinites about what “right to work” will actually do, or is leadership counting on citizens to learn for themselves?

  3. Why is the left so afraid of letting people decid if they want to belong to a union? If they’re so great for the worker they’ll beat the doors down at the union hall to join.

    1. Money.

      Done and done. at the end of the day that is all that matters to the union bosses getting that money in the coffers.

  4. don’t get me wrong unions had their place and in some cases they are still very effective however I think for a majority of the population they now see that unions are out for themselves and no one else. when you had union bosses during the at 10 hoopla roping their members into sub standard contracts simply to keep mandatory dues rolling in I think that was the end.

    1. Business owner and employer, on the public dole or an employee somewhere? Real people would like to know. Hourly, salaried, taken any government subsidies?

  5. Of course unions have their place. Look at all the successful socialist countries in Europe that have workers sitting at the table with management. Americans are just too stupid to understand that there is no such thing as outdated unions. They will always be required.

    1. Nice, you might even be able to find it on a map then. That would be the EU, so I guess ‘Unions,’ still have a pretty big place, as Conslayer already mentioned.

      1. Yeah or economy is falling apart… get real… and even if it were it was all B Scott walkers fault and not what your Messiah Obama is doing at the national level with Obamacare

            1. Chris, sometimes you capitalize the “C” in Chris. Sometimes, you don’t. Is that to track compensation because you’ve got two guys sharing the “cChris” handle?

              Is Denis up to the same thing?

              Sure looks like it based on what he wrote yesterday:

              “Out of curiosity Zach, what did you find inappropriate? Was it revealing a disturbing fact about late term abortions or was it tweaking the guy who told me to shut the fuck up? Just trying to understand your unwritten, inconsistently applied rules. By the way, a few comments of mine disappeared from last night. Coincidence? As always, I thank you for allowing me to bring carefully crafted conservative thought to what would otherwise be an echo chamber. Good day. ”


              This is funny. If you read Zach’s response, you learn that, Denis was mis-spelling his own name. That’s why his comments weren’t showing up.

              Who at BB, after the fact, goes back to look into old threads for old comments? My guess, the RNC or Americans against Prosperity, or some other wingnut outfit, pays you guys by the comment (That probably explains the brevity and abysmal quality. You spelled Obama correctly, but among all the problems in just a 34 word rant, you butchered Walker’s name. You’re the funny one. Actually taking the time to compose a thought doesn’t generate any more revenue for you, so you don’t. You keep repeating the same stuff over and over (see your repeated comments about “racist cops”), because that’s the quickest way for you to generate revenue for you. Your 7:47am appears to confirms that. It adds zero to the thread, but you know your folks with pay, because it’s an additional comment. You’re just more evidence that the oligarchs have way too much money. They’re just throwing it at guys like you.

  6. This will be fun to watch. Kapenga and Litjens- Vos’s paramour- were a little too cozy on a few of those DC fundraising trips. Hmmmm. And now that Vos has broken apart her marriage and family he might get possessive. The religious right continues to play.

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