This week, the WI League along with other grassroots organizations sat anxiously waiting and listening while the Milwaukee County Board discussed and voted YES (12-6) to passing the Living Wage Ordinance. This ordinance sets a wage standard of $11.47 an hour for Milwaukee county and contact workers. The best part is the wage will increase with the cost of living.
There are a number of stipulations involved with the bill that make sure small business owners and employees aren’t affected. No longer will public money in our county subsidize profits for private corporations who pay workers so little that they have to turn to taxpayer-funded assistance programs. Milwaukee County is paving the way to the economic high road and ending its role in a race to the bottom.
The fight isn’t over yet. We need to put the pressure on County Executive Chris Abele to sign the ordinance into law. We need you to send emails, make phone calls and even set up meetings with the County Exec to tell him we want a living wage in Milwaukee county.