Christine Sinicki
Press Release

Democrats Call for Opportunity to Amend Divisive “Right to Work” Bill in Assembly Labor Committee

Public testimony shows the need to amend a bill that will drive down wages, hurt Wisconsin’s middle class

By - Mar 3rd, 2015 01:59 pm

MADISON – Today the Democratic members of the Assembly Committee on Labor called on Rep. Andre Jacque (R-DePere), the committee chair, to hold an executive session to allow for committee amendments to Assembly Bill 61 – the so-called “Right to Work” bill. Rep. Jacque has so far refused to do so, even after hearing hours of testimony yesterday in opposition to this divisive legislation.

“We heard hours and hours of testimony from workers, business owners and others who told us how ‘Right to Work’ is wrong for Wisconsin,” Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) said. “Republicans are already trying to unnecessarily rush this bill through in an extraordinary session in less than two weeks – and cut out the public in the process. The least Rep. Jacque could do is hold an executive session to give us a chance to amend this bill and make it less harmful for our economy, our workers and our middle class.”

“Labor Committee Republicans refusing to take any amendments makes a mockery of the people who spent all day traveling, testifying and attending the hearing and telling us about the damage ‘Right to Work’ would cause to their lives and livelihood,” Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) said. “Allowing for public input shouldn’t just be about checking a box. It should be about thoughtfully considering our citizens’ feedback on this legislation and at least considering amending the bill.”

“So-called ‘Right to Work’ will drive down wages for our workers and hurt Wisconsin’s middle class. And it will take freedom away from workers and private businesses, including 400 contractors and companies who have joined together in strong opposition,” Rep. Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha) said. “We are again calling on Rep. Jacque to do the right thing by allowing for committee amendments so we can have a real debate about this bill.”

There is still an opportunity for the public to voice their opposition to the divisive “Right to Work” bill. People can sign the petition at RTWisWrong.com to let Governor Walker and the Republicans know that “Right to Work” is wrong for Wisconsin.

By Rep. Christine Sinicki, Rep. Cory Mason, and Rep. Tod Ohnstad.

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11 thoughts on “Democrats Call for Opportunity to Amend Divisive “Right to Work” Bill in Assembly Labor Committee”

  1. Paul says:

    Ms. Sinicki, I’ll ask you again seeing you never answered the last time. Have you returned the money you illegally collected from the state while driving with a suspended licence?

  2. PMD says:

    You get her Paul! She’s probably cowering in fear somewhere, unable to respond to your question, knowing a pit bull is after her, one that won’t ever let go.

  3. Kyle says:

    The concept of asking a question in the comment section of one website’s reprint of a press release has conjured up an image in my mind of Paul standing at the cork board in a student union trying to talk to the advertisements. But keep trying Paul. Someday, maybe one of them will answer.

  4. Paul . says:

    PMD …Yes when I see illegal activity in elected officials I will point it out. Kyle..She has a huge ego, so I’m sure she reads this

  5. Paul says:

    PMD…She must be, she has never answered that question, if a conservative did that it would be headline news everyday

  6. Paul says:

    Kyle…Asking an elected official a question on a post she wrote is different than talking to a cardboard.

  7. PMD says:

    Is it a post she wrote or a press release distributed to multiple outlets and then published by said outlets? Rarely does someone respond here to questions about their press releases. So it’s pretty similar to talking to cardboard. And I’m guessing that if it was a conservative you wouldn’t care. You have SPOS.

  8. AG says:

    I like how Rep Christine Sinicki said, “We heard hours and hours of testimony from workers, business owners and others who told us how ‘Right to Work’ is wrong for Wisconsin,” but then goes on to say how the public has been cut out of the process.

  9. PMD says:

    She is merely exercising her right, as a politician, to completely contradict herself in only 5 paragraphs. Pretty impressive.

  10. AG says:

    Tod Ohnstad goes on to say “…And it will take freedom away from workers and private businesses…” by… giving workers more freedom! Yeah, so there!!! Wait…

    PMD, you’re right. This is truly a masterfully done piece. Politicians are awesome!

  11. PMD says:

    I don’t know AG. I’d say the politicians who insist this is about nothing more than worker freedom are peddling at least as much bullsh*t as Tod Ohnstad. Plenty of BS to go around.

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