Statement on Milwaukee Bucks Labor Agreement
“Permanent, living wage jobs to our neighbors who need them the most and the ability to unionize freely without interference or intimidation were paramount in getting support for the Bucks arena deal.”
“Today, the Milwaukee Bucks came to a historic agreement with our neighbors in Milwaukee that seeks to protect workers’ rights and improve the economic standing of Milwaukee families. Making sure that workers receive fair pay for an honest day’s work was a demand that many legislators brought to the table as their bottom line in negotiations on the Bucks arena last year.
“While there were other pieces of the Bucks deal that I disagreed with, the promise of bringing good jobs to our neighbors put me in the ‘yes’ column when the final vote was tallied. I’m glad the Bucks made good on their promise, and am hopeful that this is just the beginning of a strong, mutually beneficial relationship between Milwaukee residents and a business that listens to them.
“Permanent, living wage jobs to our neighbors who need them the most and the ability to unionize freely without interference or intimidation were paramount in getting support for the Bucks arena deal. The agreement announced today is a ‘first of its kind’ in Milwaukee that will protect employees and ensure a brighter future for our neighbors by guaranteeing they have the jobs they need to get ahead. These priorities represent the shared values of our community and should be made whenever our public resources are given to a private project.
“With the signing of this agreement, the Bucks and the community have issued a simple challenge to other major developers hoping to come to Milwaukee: respect and contribute.”
Recent Press Releases by State Sen. Chris Larson - Page 4
"The lack of leadership from the county executive and his inability to work with local officials in a constructive manner has caused needless confusion about the future of the Estabrook Dam and a lack of action."
“Despite the pageantry, there are problems.”
Abele vetoed the Living Wage Ordinance, condemned it with misinformation, and went so far as to go to Madison to try and get Republicans to step in and subvert local control again.
The law explicitly requires the commissioner to target a public school for transfer into the separate district and then initiate a request-for-proposal to determine who should run the school.
Calls for Abele to Apologize to Community Leader and Milwaukee County Voters
State Senator Chris Larson Contrasts Abele’s Domes “Steering Committee” with Rush to Build the New Bucks ArenaMar 9th, 2016 by State Sen. Chris Larson
“Abele was happy to have County taxpayers pick up the $80 million tab for a couple of billionaires, but he doesn’t want to spend any public money on our Domes...”
“To be clear, before he walked in the room, County taxpayers were on the hook for zero extra dollars."
"I’m proud to accept their endorsement."
Calls for shifting tax burden to protect parks, cultural assets, improve transit, and public safety.
“If elected leaders can afford to spend millions on an arena for out-of-state billionaires, we can afford to preserve and protect cultural institutions important to our community.”
State Senator Chris Larson Draws Sharp Contrasts with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele in Public Policy Forum DebateFeb 22nd, 2016 by State Sen. Chris Larson
The two candidates sparred over issues such as the County's structural deficit, mass transit funding, the future of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, County infrastructure, stewardship of County-owned parks, as well as the Sheriff's budget.
“Our incredible showing in the primary is a clear statement from the voters that they are ready for new leadership in Milwaukee County government.”