By enacting 2015 Wis. Act 55, the Wisconsin Legislature repealed the long-standing Wisconsin prevailing wage law for county, city, village and town public works projects. The repeal will be effective on 1/1/2017.  A study was released in August by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute called “Prevailing Wage and Military Veterans in Wisconsin.” 


This study concluded that, because Veterans are more likely to work in construction than non-veterans, Veterans are disproportionately impacted by the repeal of the wage protections.  The study also concluded that the repeal of wage protections by the Wisconsin legislature will have the following negative impacts of Wisconsin Veterans:

  • An estimated 2,000 blue-collar veterans are expected to separate from their jobs in Wisconsin’s construction occupations.

  • The total income of all veterans employed in construction jobs will decline by $113 million.

  • Approximately 400 veterans will lose their employer-provided health insurance.

  • An estimated 200 veteran workers will fall into poverty by 2018.


 

Wisconsin Legislators are planning to remove job protections for our veterans?

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Please consider joining us in working to educate our elected officials so they understand that any measure taken that detracts from a veterans' ability to earn a livable wage impacts us all.  Sign our petition in support of maintaining current job protections for Wisconsin Veterans .