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Wisconsin Democrats sound off on right-to-work vote

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Democrats say Republicans push to pass right-to-work legislation is a distraction that would interfere with businesses' operations and result in lower wages for workers.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Juneau Republican, announced Friday that the Senate plans to take up a right-to-work bill next week. The legislation hasn't been introduced yet, but such measures typically bar unions from forcing employees to join them and pay dues as a condition of employment.

Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, a La Crosse Democrat, says pursing right-to-work is an absurd distraction. She says a bill would interfere with private business contacts and drive down wages.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, a Kenosha Democrat, says right-to-work would only make things worse in a state that's still struggling to jumpstart its economy.

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