GOP leaders to hold town hall in Wisconsin
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R -Calif.) are set to hold a town hall on Thursday night in Wisconsin to address a report that Republicans in the state are planning to vote on an anti-union bill that critics say could lead to a massive wave of job losses.
The town hall comes as House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D -Calif.), both of whom are facing reelection in 2018, have been meeting with union leaders to discuss the possibility of a labor deal.
Ryan and McCarthy will be joined by House Majority and Minority Leader Peter Roskam (R), who will hold a meeting on Thursday evening.
House Majority whip Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is also scheduled to attend the event.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Republican leaders are expected to discuss a bill that would prevent local governments from passing resolutions of no confidence against public employees.
A similar bill was passed by the Wisconsin House earlier this year.
The bill, which is also known as the “Right to Work Act,” would prohibit local governments in Wisconsin from passing resolution of no-confidence resolutions against public employee unions, according to the Journal Sentinel.
It is also reported that the bill could affect the UAW, which has a history of fighting for higher wages for workers, and would likely cause a huge drop in jobs in Wisconsin.
A recent poll by Marquette University shows that 63 percent of Wisconsin Republicans oppose the bill.
On Thursday, a group of local labor leaders called OUR Wisconsin announced that they have begun to circulate petitions and written letters to legislators.
They are asking that they vote against the bill, according a statement released by the group on Thursday.
“The right to organize has never been stronger,” OUR Wisconsin Executive Director Chris Sgro said in a statement.
“It’s important that Wisconsin lawmakers understand that this is not a threat to the union or our collective bargaining rights.
The public has a right to know what is happening in their state and that the leaders of this group of Wisconsinites have taken this action to stop it.”
According to OUR Wisconsin, the Wisconsin GOP plan includes a “right to unionize” provision.
However, the group said that a similar right to collective bargaining would not be included in the legislation.