The Wisconsin Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform held a hearing yesterday on SB 634, which would prohibit (or “preempt”) local governments from creating or enforcing many different types of employment and labor protections. State law already prohibits local communities from passing living wage or paid leave ordinances. If passed, SB 634 would add the following labor and employment protections to this list of what local government cannot do:
Many of these types of labor and employment protections are essential for raising the wages and improving the working conditions of working women. Many of them, such as anti-discrimination laws, prohibitions against employers soliciting the salary histories of prospective employees, and laws that protect union organizing rights are critical to reduce the gender wage gap.
The Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health testified against the bill, as did several other organizations that advocate for issues to promote women’s economic security, labor unions, and local governments.
The Committee has not yet voted on the bill, nor has the Assembly Committee to where the Assembly version of the bill was referred held a hearing on the legislation. We will continue to provide any relevant updates regarding the fate of this legislation.
If you would like to contact your legislators and urge them to oppose this legislation that would undermine the economic security of many working women and their families in Wisconsin, click here.
Sara Finger, Executive Director