Tuesday February 24th, 2015

The NFL Players Association released a statement on Tuesday against Wisconsin's proposed right-to-work legislation, which is backed by Republican state governor Scott Walker. 

Under the proposed legislation, state workers would not be required to join a union or support it financially. The bill is expected to reach the Wisconsin Senate floor by Wednesday and is expected to pass, according to Politico.

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From the NFLPA statement:

Devoted food and commercial workers who spend their Sundays servicing our players and fans at Lambeau Field will have their wellbeing and livelihood jeopardized by Right to Work. Governor Scott Walker may not value these vital employees, but as union members, we do. We understand how devastating it would be if they lost the ability to have their workplace conditions and wages guaranteed through collective bargaining.

A spokeswoman told Reuters that Walker supports the right-to-work legislation and would sign the bill if it reaches his desk. 

In its opposition, the NFLPA said that Walker's "anti-union efforts have resulted in Wisconsin leading the nation in job losses for two months in a row."

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The organization also said it will "closely monitor" the hearings and debates regarding the proposed legislation this week.

Walker launched a committee last month to prepare for a possible run for the presidency in 2016. 

- Molly Geary

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