- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Assembly Democrats are pushing the debate over making Wisconsin a right-to-work state deep into the night.

Debate on a Republican-authored bill that would prohibit businesses and unions from reaching agreements that mandate all workers, not just union members, pay union dues began in the Assembly around 1 p.m. Thursday.

Democrats were still railing against the measure as the clock approached 10 p.m. with no signs of slowing down. Majority Republicans planned to end the session and vote no later than 9 a.m. Friday. Approval would send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker, who has promised to sign it on Monday.

Right-to-work supporters say the concept gives workers the ability to choose whether to pay union dues. Opponents insist it will drive down wages and weaken unions.

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