Thanks to those who contacted their legislators or testified in opposition to Special Session Senate Bill 1 “Corporate Profits Over People”. Your actions led to a significant improvement in the language of the law before it was passed and signed.
Unfortunately, the bill did change Wisconsin’s corporate liability laws to make it more difficult for workers and consumers who are harmed by faulty products to hold manufacturers and sellers accountable. However, with your help we did make a difference. The original bill required that a victim prove that an employer or manufacturer “intended to cause harm” in order to bring a case to court. This standard would have been virtually impossible to prove, closing the courthouse door to many victims.
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO participated in a press conference with many advocacy groups that expressed concern over the higher standard of proof and many other losses of individual rights contained in the legislation. After hours of testimony from the public, and because you raised your voice and contacted your legislators, we were able to preserve the current standard of proof—which is “corporate indifference” or “intentional disregard of workers’ safety”. This standard is more likely for victims to prove in court and will be significant in helping those injured on the job, hurt from a faulty product or harmed by negligent care.
Thank you for taking the time to make a difference!
For more information on the Legislative Session so far, be sure to read the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Legislative Report to the Executive Board.