May 19, 2016
Sen. Taylor applauds Milwaukee Bucks labor agreement
(MADISON) – Today, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) threw her support behind an agreement between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Alliance for Good Jobs. The deal was announced this afternoon at a press conference. The proposal will raise workplace standards and transform traditionally low wage jobs into family-supporting positions. Taylor, who helped negotiate the state financing for the arena, commended the Bucks for following through on their commitments to their workers during the negotiations.
“When we negotiated the Bucks deal, the team promised they would take care of their workers and be a change agent in Milwaukee,” said Taylor. “Today was a big step towards making good on that pledge. I hope this deal sets the bar for other companies to be good corporate citizens as well.”
The deal includes a $15 per hour wage indexed to inflation, prioritizes hiring from Milwaukee’s poorest zip codes and ensures workers the right to collective bargaining.
“This deal has been a long time coming. It wasn’t easy taking it from what Republicans originally proposed to what ultimately became law. The Walker economy has been tough on Milwaukee. But today’s agreement by a Wisconsin business based in Milwaukee is a tremendous commitment to their workers, our economy and our community,” said Taylor. “I’ve been a Bucks fan since I was a little girl and I can honestly say this is one of the biggest off-court moments for the team in my lifetime.”
The Alliance for Good Jobs is a network of Milwaukee area leaders dedicated to family-supporting jobs related to the Bucks’ arena and surrounding economic development projects.