FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 9, 2017
Contact: Colleen Flaherty, 608.266.5504
Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Prevailing Wage, Project Labor Agreements
MADISON – The following is a statement from Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca on the GOP’s actions against workers in Wisconsin:
“Between the GOP leadership in the legislature and the governor, this week has delivered a double whammy for Wisconsin workers. First, the governor snuck in a repeal of prevailing wage into his proposed budget. Then today, on a party-line vote, the Assembly Committee on Labor voted to restrict local governments’ ability to require public labor agreements, which the governor also put in his budget.
“Both of these moves will drive down wages for many workers in Wisconsin. This is exactly the wrong direction for our state. With one of the most diminished middle classes in the entire country, Democrats believe we should prioritize investing in worker training to close the skills gap and raise the minimum wage. Republicans seem to prioritize limiting local control and paying Wisconsin workers less.”