$15 per hour minimum wage, strong worker protections and quality jobs a major victory for Wisconsin families

Sen. Shilling applauds newly signed Milwaukee Jobs Agreement

 

MILWAUKEE – A newly signed agreement between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Alliance for Good Jobs is raising workplace standards and transforming traditional low-wage jobs into family-supporting career opportunities for Wisconsin workers. Highlights of the agreement include a $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation starting in 2023, guaranteed rights to organize and collectively bargain and first-source hiring policies targeting areas of high unemployment and poverty.

 

“The signing of this jobs agreement is a historic and transformative moment for hardworking families across Wisconsin,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “After years of Republican attacks on family wages and worker rights, I am glad we were able to capitalize on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in our state and strengthen Wisconsin’s middle class. Keeping the Bucks in Wisconsin, creating quality jobs and partnering with community leaders to raise worker wages has been a win-win for families across our state.”

 

“The agreement established between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Alliance for Good Jobs sets a high bar for future collaborative efforts involving public and private investments,” added Shilling. “This is a major step forward for Wisconsin’s working families. I am proud to support this ongoing effort to invest in infrastructure, create quality jobs and advance the fight for worker rights.”

 

The Milwaukee Arena project is expected to create over 10,000 permanent and construction-related jobs. Additionally, economists and community leaders expect this project to spur $1 billion in additional investment into the metro Milwaukee area and generate nearly $300 million in new state revenue over 20 years.

 

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