Statement from Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt:
Governor Walker called a Special Legislative Session under the guise of job creation. Yet there is scarcely a job associated with any of the four bills that passed this week. These new laws will add millions of dollars to Wisconsin’s deficit, chip away at the safety net for our most vulnerable citizens, and amount to a handout for companies who have made no employment commitments in return.
Rather than pushing for measures that would alleviated the jobs crisis, Senate Bill 1 blatantly places the interests of negligent employers over the needs of workers injured or killed on the job. It also strips the citizens of Wisconsin of important consumer protections. This so-called reform doesn’t create a single job, and yet, it does immeasurable harm to ordinary people seeking justice.