Rep. Barca announces living wage bill for state contract employees
People who work for Wisconsin deserve fair wage to help provide for their families
MADISON – Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) announced a new bill that would set a living wage for the hundreds of individuals working under state contracts in Wisconsin. Under this bill, contracted employees would receive a living wage that is at least the federal poverty level of a three-person household or the same amount as a state employee performing the same duties.
“Workers who work 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year shouldn’t have to rely on government assistance to help meet their families’ most basic needs. And taxpayers should not be expected to subsidize private companies’ full-time workers,” Rep. Barca said. “We must take action to ensure that the hardworking men and women of our state can earn a living wage and provide for themselves and their families. Whether someone is a state employee or a contracted employee, the people who work for Wisconsin deserve fair compensation for their work.”
This proposal is based on a statewide living wage program that was passed in Maryland in 2007. More than 100 municipalities and counties – both in Wisconsin and across the country – also currently have living wage requirements for contracted employees. In his State of the Union Address last night, President Obama announced that he will issue an executive order setting a living wage for all federally contracted employees.
The analysis and bill draft of LRB 3641 are attached here.
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