3.3.14 The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor held a public hearing on Senate Bill 626, which would take away local control and prohibit certain entities from paying their employees a living wage.
A security guard from the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex testified against the bill. He’s paid $8.50 / hr and works 40 hours a week with no benefits. If he’s injured on the job and has to go to the hospital, he foots the bill. “My job is very dangerous. We’ve got people coming in with drug abuse, alcoholism, mental illness… they strike out at any given time. We get spit on, we get feces thrown at us… We’re not here asking for a handout. We’re not asking to get rich. At the end of the day we just want to be able to come to the game and play along with everyone else. We just want it to be fair. We just want to be able… to come home, and our kids see the hard work that we’re doing… and they want to follow in our footsteps, not follow behind the drug dealers.”
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, and co-sponsored by Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, was hammered by the majority of those who came out to testify, many from urban Milwaukee.