Statements about Labor

Milwaukee County taxpayers paid $370,000 to settle a lawsuit over a decision by Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. to use "untrained corrections officers" rather than deputies to patrol the lakefront.

"(Mary) Burke’s company," Trek Bicycles, "makes 99% of their bikes overseas."

Says former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said that "if the workers are more insecure, that's very healthy for the society" because "they'll serve the masters gladly and passively."

The Obama Administration is suing a Wisconsin company for forcing employees to speak English.

Cranston's 2014-2015 "budget funds 100 percent of the local police and fire pension and other retiree benefit costs."

The Senate proposal to restore emergency unemployment benefits for five months was "fully paid for."

"The average age of the minimum wage worker is 35 years old."

Says opponent Mary Burke told reporters she would have "required workers to give up bargained-for healthcare and retirement benefits like Gov. Walker."

"Canadian middle class incomes are now higher than in the United States. They are working fewer hours for more pay, … living longer on average, and facing less income inequality."

Dan Branch "once lobbied for the AFL-CIO."

In Rhode Island, "Nearly 9 percent of covered employees go out on short term disability every year, with an average outage from work of almost 12 weeks each."

Wisconsin is "one of the bluest" states, but under Scott Walker its unemployment rate "is around 3.5%."

Under a bill before the legislature, "you’d have to go to court to fire an employee."

Says 21 million people "still suffer slavery today."

"According to one study, the minimum wage today is worth $2 less than in 1968."

"The only time over the last 25 years when the state’s unemployment rate exceeded the U.S. average was when (Mary) Burke was commerce secretary."  

"We see a quarter-billion dollars in a pension fund that needs to be funded at $1.2 billion."

"25% of human trafficking victims are located in Texas."

"The median male worker in this country has not seen a raise, inflation adjusted, for 30 years, basically."

"Jobs that involve the minimum wage are overwhelmingly jobs for young people starting out in the workforce."

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