New legislation has been introduced that would prohibit or "preempt" local governments from creating or enforcing labor protections in Wisconsin. Senate Bill 634 and Assembly Bill 748 would ban many of the opportunities local governments currently have to pursue policies that will improve the wages and working conditions of workers in many low- an moderate-wage occupational fields in which women are often disproportionately over-represented.
Wisconsin already prohibits local communities from passing living wage or paid sick days ordinances. SB 634 would additionally make sure local governments can no longer:
If the Legislature truly feels the need to have uniform labor and employment standards throughout Wisconsin, that should be accomplished through raising statewide standards with long overdue policies like living wage increased, paid family and medical leave, and stronger workplace anti-discrimination laws.
We should be increasing the ability of workers in Wisconsin to support themselves and their family members and for cities to have the autonomy to create policies that promote that goal. SB 634 should be opposed and defeated for the wellbeing of the state and its workers.
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