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Republican Bills Prohibit Local Labor Rules

WMC and Kochs favor overriding long list of local government laws.

By - Jan 12th, 2018 02:30 pm
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A gang of business, banking, rightwing ideological, and other powerful special interests are backing GOP bills that wouldprohibit local governments from passing a variety of labor-related ordinances.

The proposals, Senate Bill 634 and AB748, would forbid local ordinances or agreements pertaining to wages, working hours, overtime, benefits, discrimination, and wage claims.

The measures, which were sponsored by Republican Sen. Chris Kapenga, of Delafield, and Rep. Rob Hutton, of Brookfield, received a public hearing Wednesday. The bills would:

Forbid local governments from setting higher minimum wages for contractors they do business with;

Prohibit local governments from enforcing employment discrimination standards;

Prohibit local governments from using labor peace agreements where employers agree not to interfere with attempts by labor unions to organize workers;

Forbid local governments from setting licensing regulations that are tougher than state standards;

Prohibit local governments from establishing minimum requirements for employment benefits;

Forbid local governments from handling wage claims or passing ordinances that prohibit employers from asking about a worker’s salary history.

Support for the bill is being led by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the state’s largest business group, and the rightwing Americans for Prosperity, a secretive outside electioneering group created by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.

WMC, which is among the largest special interest spenders on outside electioneering activities, has doled out an estimated $18.6 million since January 2010 to support GOP and conservative legislative and statewide candidates. Americans for Prosperity has spent an estimated $5.7 million since 2010 in Wisconsin to support conservative and GOP legislative and statewide candidates.

Thanks to their help, Republicans currently control the Senate by an 18-13 margin and the Assembly by a 62-35 margin.

The bills are opposed by Democrats, local governments, and unions, who claim they hurt worker pocketbooks and attack local control.

6 thoughts on “Campaign Cash: Republican Bills Prohibit Local Labor Rules”

  1. Big Al says:

    Once again, the Republican Party shows they do not believe in local control of anything. Madison knows best (at least when they’re in charge)!

  2. blurondo says:

    The constituents of Mr. Hutton deserve a candidate to oppose him.

  3. Mary Kay Wagner says:

    It appears Republicans, funded by outside money favor states’ right over individuals’ rights; local control only when they are in control. And the hypocrisy goes on.

  4. Troll says:

    If Democrats were more in touch with Wisconsin taxpayers they wouldn’t be in a 62-35 margin in the assembly.

  5. Terry says:

    @Troll, 100% WRONG! It’s called republican partisan gerrymandering. You know, where republicans once elected rewrite the electotoral districts map so only they can win. Doncha you know that? So even when democrats win a 60% majority they only get 40% of the legislative seats. Republicans call this “winning” everyone ekse calls it cheating. Rigging elections and scamming to stay on top by any and all means is all republicans can do these days. They have destroyed democracy itself in the state but republicans don’t care, as long as they can cheat and “win” that’s all that matters. Educate yourself!!
    DUMP WALKER 2018!!

  6. Terry says:


    Dump all republican charlatans 2018!!
    Save Democracy 2018!!
    Save Wisconsin 2018!!


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