Walker signs law pre-empting sick day ordinance
By Georgia Pabst of the Journal Sentinel May 5, 2011
Gov. Scott Walker signed into law Thursday a measure that voids Milwaukee’s paid sick leave ordinance that was passed by voters in a referendum and upheld recently by the state Court of Appeals.
Walker, in Milwaukee on Thursday for the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Italian Community Center, went to offices of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce offices to sign Senate Bill 23. The bill will pre-empt local ordinances from requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees for family, medical or health issues.
“This law removes another barrier in the road to creating 250,000 private sector jobs by 2015,” Walker said. “Patchwork government mandates stifle job creation and economic opportunity. This law gives employers the flexibility they need to put people back to work and that makes Wisconsin a more attractive place to do business.”
MMAC had challenged the paid sick leave law in the courts and pushed for the legislation to nullify the local ordinance from going into effect, saying it would be a job killer and bad for Milwaukee’s economic development.
In reaction to the signing, Dana Schultz, of 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women, the group that led a coalition to pass the paid sick days law, said in a statement: “The override of the Milwaukee sick days law is an assault on democracy, local control and working families.”