The jobs crisis is the number one threat to the Wisconsin economy. The high unemployment rate and the toll it is taking on working families demands that we create a broad movement for quality, family-sustaining jobs and a just economy.
Income inequality is at record levels because the prosperity created by labor is no longer being shared with those who do the work. These issues must be the top priority of policymakers both in Madison and Washington. The people of Wisconsin deserve concrete proposals, immediate action and accountability to ensure that the legislature is actually creating jobs.
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has developed a “Rebuild Wisconsin’s Middle Class” Jobs Agenda. It outlines real job-creating proposals that we call upon our elected representatives to enact.
“At the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO we have put forth a set of concrete, specific proposals which are guaranteed to create family-supporting jobs for Wisconsin families,” explained Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “If partisan politics are put aside, this agenda will create good jobs for our local communities.”
“This is the right agenda to get Wisconsin working again” said Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “This agenda re-establishes fairness so that the 99% of people who work hard and play by the rules have a fair shake in our society. Gov. Walker needs to stop rewarding the wealthiest 1% and start putting middle class Wisconsinites first.”
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Jobs Agenda proposes strengthening “Buy Wisconsin” and “Buy America” requirements for the state, corporate accountability to taxpayers, investment in green technologies and infrastructure, raising Wisconsin’s minimum wage and other job creating strategies which can be found here.
Statewide Jobs Hearings where the public will discuss job creation directly with their lawmakers are being held in Racine, Oshkosh and La Crosse on October 24.