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Madison mayor criticizes right-to-work bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is criticizing Wisconsin Republican lawmakers for putting a right-to-work bill on a fast track.

Soglin held a news conference Saturday to condemn the bill. WKOW-TV reports Soglin said by fast-tracking the bill, Republicans are giving the public "little opportunity" to get involved.

The Senate Labor Committee holds a public hearing Tuesday, with debate beginning Wednesday in the Senate.

Right-to-work laws prohibit unions from reaching labor deals with businesses that require private-sector workers to pay fees to the union.

Soglin says the bill would hurt workers. He credits unions with boosting Madison's economy.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald contends the bill would provide an incentive for companies to set up shop in the state.

GOP Gov. Scott Walker says he would sign the bill.

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