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Walker Signs Restrictions on Pro-Worker Rules

Law restricting local governments backed by Koch Brothers, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

By - Apr 19th, 2018 01:23 pm
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Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Photo by Riley Vetterkind / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Photo by Riley Vetterkind / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law on Monday that prohibits local governments from passing or enforcing numerous employment rules.

The proposal, Assembly Bill 748, which was approved by the GOP-controlled legislature on a party-line vote:

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

Prevents local governments from establishing minimum standards for employment benefits;

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

Prohibits local governments from setting higher minimum wages for contractors hired for public works projects;

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

Support for the bill was 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 is among the largest special interest spenders on outside electioneering activities. The group has spent an estimated $19.8 million since January 2010 to support GOP and conservative legislative and statewide candidates.

Americans for Prosperity has spent an estimated $5.8 million since 2010 in Wisconsin to support conservative and GOP legislative and statewide candidates.

2 thoughts on “Campaign Cash: Walker Signs Restrictions on Pro-Worker Rules”

  1. Terry says:

    Ain’t life grand in Walker’s $7 an hour, no benefits, no rights, slave wage Wississippi! Welcome to the Third World Wisconsin! Thank a republican! You know, the people who like Career Politician Scott Walker mooch off the government their entire lives! Yeah, those republicans.

    Dump Walker 2018

  2. Sam says:

    I get it. You want uniformity across the state. The only answer to this is taking back the state legislature Democrats. Then you can set the state standards that benefit workers more.

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