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riversedge

(70,943 posts)
Tue Jul 14, 2015, 08:17 AM Jul 2015

Scott Walker Strips Wisconsin Workers Of 'Living Wage' In New State Budget

Source: HuffingtonPost


Posted: 07/13/2015 10:02 pm EDT Updated: 07/13/2015 10:59 pm EDT


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed the new state budget into law on Sunday with a last-minute change that strips the words "living wage" from state laws and replaces it with "minimum wage."

The change means minimum-wage Wisconsin workers will earn nearly $6,000 per year less than what the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calculates is a living wage in the state. And they will have no recourse, according to the Center for American Progress. MIT says a living wage would be $10.13 an hour.

The new law eliminates the ability of low-wage workers to appeal for a living wage. Previously, Wisconsin law stated that employee pay "shall be not less than a living wage," defined as "adequate to permit any employee to maintain herself or himself in minimum comfort, decency, physical and moral well-being." Wisconsin's living wage was tied to the state minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour.
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Walker, who announced his 2016 presidential campaign on Monday, also decided workers don't need weekends off. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the budget Walker signed "would allow factory and retail employees to work seven days without a day off, as long as they said in writing that they were doing so voluntarily." The old law required employers to give workers at least one day off for every seven days of work.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/13/scott-walker-eliminates-living-wage_n_7789472.html?utm_hp_ref=politics




Can you imagine a low wage worker saying no to an employer if asked if he/she would work tomorrow -on their usual day off?? They need the job and for the most part IMHO would fear being fired if say no. This sucks.


"The old law required employers to give workers at least one day off for every seven days of work."
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Scott Walker Strips Wisconsin Workers Of 'Living Wage' In New State Budget (Original Post) riversedge Jul 2015 OP
just call him... RoccoR5955 Jul 2015 #1
Scott Walker is a national disgrace. truthisfreedom Jul 2015 #3
That thought is going around quite a bit lately. Elmer S. E. Dump Jul 2015 #6
More fodder for his ultimate dismissal from the clown car Auggie Jul 2015 #2
Hope he gets kicked off pronto riversedge Jul 2015 #10
K&R for exposure! We must paint all Republican candidates with this brush and tell every blue Dustlawyer Jul 2015 #4
Faux Snooze is full of El Chappo, this guy is el chap my asso. lonestarnot Jul 2015 #5
Boy Wisconsin is really getting shafted. ananda Jul 2015 #7
Scott Walker, friend of the little guy hermetic Jul 2015 #8
God has stated that Walker is really Satan Angry Dragon Jul 2015 #9
K & R. Richard Nixon with an ultra Koch backed Reagan agenda, coming to the GOP near you. appalachiablue Jul 2015 #11

Dustlawyer

(10,502 posts)
4. K&R for exposure! We must paint all Republican candidates with this brush and tell every blue
Tue Jul 14, 2015, 09:04 AM
Jul 2015

collar Republican what their candidates are doing and how it will affect them (depress their wages whether or not they make the minimum).

ananda

(29,030 posts)
7. Boy Wisconsin is really getting shafted.
Tue Jul 14, 2015, 09:27 AM
Jul 2015

I wonder if that's really what people thought they were voting for.

But that's what they're getting, and boy it's bad.

I hope they come to their senses and recover before too many people
are harmed and dead.

Angry Dragon

(36,693 posts)
9. God has stated that Walker is really Satan
Tue Jul 14, 2015, 02:37 PM
Jul 2015

and he never told him to run for president
He told him to go f--- himself

appalachiablue

(41,399 posts)
11. K & R. Richard Nixon with an ultra Koch backed Reagan agenda, coming to the GOP near you.
Thu Jul 16, 2015, 12:01 AM
Jul 2015

Scotty needs to return to serving burgers, 7 days a week.

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