Supervisor David Bowen Calls Living Wage Ordinance Passage “A Major Win” for Low Wage Workers in Milwaukee County
Following the Milwaukee County Board's 12-6 veto override of a measure to increase the living wage to $11.32 for employees of contractors doing business with the County, Supervisor David Bowen issued the following statement.
Following the Milwaukee County Board’s 12-6 veto override of a measure to increase the living wage to $11.32 for employees of contractors doing business with the County, Supervisor David Bowen issued the following statement:
“Today, Milwaukee County joined more than140 municipalities all over the country who have made it a priority to invest in a thriving local economy with thousands of publicly supported poverty level jobs changed to good jobs.
“This a major win for all low-wage workers who hope to have access to good jobs that raises wages to support families if the State of Wisconsin decides to raise the minimum wage.
“We are glad the County Executive agrees that income inequality is a problem in the State of Wisconsin and our nation. It’s good that we agree in the concept of raising wages for the lowest paid workers. But today a two-thirds majority of us on the County Board believe in actual action and not just lip service.
“The County Executive’s Veto of this ordinance is very telling in his stance to help those who make the least among us.
“We have publicly debated this topic for months and there is nothing else to debate. I am glad my colleagues voted to override this veto to go beyond talking about problems in veto messages that include false information and move forward to actually doing something about it.”
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