In March, Wisconsin became the 25th state to enact a Right to Work law, allowing all workers in the state to have a job without being forced to pay dues or fees to a labor union. Federal labor law allows states to determine whether workers can be forced to join a union or pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. Right to Work laws guarantee workers can seek employment without fearing they will be required to join (or pay) a union if they are hired.

Associated Builders and Contractors’ Wisconsin Chapter was part of a coalition supporting the law, which calls for business executives to face up to nine months in jail if they sign an agreement that requires employees to join a union or pay union fees.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO, District 2 of the United Steelworkers and Local Lodge 1061 of the International Association of Machinists responded by filing a lawsuit in state court asking for a temporary and permanent injunction to block the law on the grounds it violates the state constitution by requiring private sector unions to provide services to workers who opt out of paying any union fees.