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Gov. Walker signs bill at MMAC

Chaaron Pearson on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker visited the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) on Thursday to sign a bill that will pre-empt local ordinances from requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees for family, medical or health issues. 

Milwaukee’s paid sick leave ordinance, passed by voters in 2008, would be voided.   The ordinance would have required Milwaukee employers to provide up to nine days of paid sick time per year depending on the number of hours worked and the size of the business.  The city’s sick leave ordinance has never gone into effect due to legal challenges. 

“This law removes another barrier in the road to creating 250,000 private sector jobs by 2015,” Walker said.  “Patchwork government mandates stifle job creation and economic opportunity.  This law gives employers the flexibility they need to put people back to work and that makes Wisconsin a more attractive place to do business.”

MMAC has been working hard against the ordinance, challenging the law in the court system and pushing for the legislation to nullify the local ordinance.  MMAC President Tim Sheehy says “by signing this bill into law, the Governor has helped ensure that the City of Milwaukee remains ‘open for business.’”

Not everyone is pleased by the new bill.  9to5, National Association of Working women, led the Paid Sick Days Coalition that includes labor groups, health groups, civil rights and faith organizations, advocates for children and jobs and an end to domestic violence.  They intend to look into the legality of the new law and feel that “the override of the Milwaukee sick days law is an assault on democracy, local control and working families,” said Dana Schultz, Lead Organizer for 9to5.

Read more:
WISN.com: Walker Signs Bill Prohibiting Ordinances That Guarantee Sick Leave
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Walker signs law pre-empting sick day ordinance
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Bill voiding sick leave law sent to Walker
MMAC: Assembly vote rolls back job-killing employer mandate
MMAC Insider: Bill Voiding Paid Sick Leave Law Passes
9to5.org: Corporate Donors over Wisconsin Voters, Walker Signs Bill at MMAC Today
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Court of Appeals reinstates Milwaukee sick pay law
The Business Journal: Judge rules Milwaukee sick leave law unconstitutional, appeal promised

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