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Mandatory sick pay, it will have a negative effect on jobs and companies that are located in cities that have them. I hope the Cudahy Common Council placed an ordinance that would prevent mandatory sick pay from coming to town.
Let us follow the lead of West Allis, South Milwaukee, and Waukesha in getting this done.
Looks like Franklin is going to do it as well!
Those that place opposition to it will be those who are not business friendly/pro-business.
Jay Weber’s Podcast “Milwaukee's sick-leave mandate leads to businesses either closing or moving”
Jay Weber Pad Cast
Jan 13: Local and state leaders are being cowards in not fighting the sick leave mandate.
West Allis, South Milwaukee move to prevent mandatory sick pay
Here are highlights – Full article here
Scared by results of a referendum that will force Milwaukee employers to provide paid sick days, two suburbs have adopted ordinances that prohibit their common councils from imposing wage or benefit requirements on private businesses.
Attorney Daniel Finerty, who is helping employers prepare for the Milwaukee mandate, said the direct-legislation referendum approved by Milwaukee voters in November very likely would trump ordinances adopted this month by West Allis and South Milwaukee.
But at minimum, said West Allis Ald. Michael Czaplewski, the ordinances "put up barricades" to anything like the sick days referendum that passed overwhelmingly in Milwaukee.
Czaplewski, who owns a West Allis jewelry store that has two part-time employees, said supporters of the sick days measure don't realize it will result in job cuts.
"The people who sponsored the whole referendum, they obviously don't know business," he said. "Small business can't afford to offer things like that. By putting that on them, you're not only going to hurt the small business, you're going to hurt the people who work for them, too."
The West Allis ordinance was adopted 9-0, with one alderman absent; the South Milwaukee ordinance, patterned after the West Allis ordinance, was adopted 6-0, with two aldermen absent.
Besides Milwaukee, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., also mandate that private business provide paid sick days.
Public officials ward off private sector say
Employee pay, benefits cannot be mandated
By ISRAL DEBRUIN
Posted: Dec. 23, 2008
City officials are hoping to prevent a South Milwaukee version of the paid sick leave referendum passed in Milwaukee this fall — and the resulting lawsuit brought by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce.
The South Milwaukee Common Council on Dec. 16 passed an ordinance that prevents local residents from doing exactly what Milwaukee voters did: mandating specific employee pay or benefits to private employers within city limits.
Mayor Tom Zepecki said the South Milwaukee ordinance has as much to do with saving taxpayer money as with ideology.
“We just don’t want to get caught up in that kind of turmoil,” Zepecki said of MMAC’s lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee.
But the mayor also disagrees with Milwaukee’s paid sick leave referendum on principle.
“I kind of believe in separation of government and private industry, as best as it can occur,” Zepecki said.
Alderman Mike McCarthy said he agrees.
“I don’t feel the city should be in a position to dictate benefits and wages,” McCarthy said.
Paid sick leave
On Nov. 4, a majority of voters in Milwaukee enacted mandatory paid sick leave for all employees. MMAC is in the process of filing suit against the city, challenging the legality of the ordinance and contending it is already having a chilling effect on Milwaukee commerce.
Voters passed the ordinance by using a Wisconsin statutory right for direct legislation via referendum. South Milwaukee City Attorney Joseph Murphy said this statute and applicable case law only apply to topics not already governed by legislation. Under the statute, voters can create a law, but cannot change or erase an existing one.
South Milwaukee’s legislation, now that it is on the books, should suffice to prevent a repeat of the Milwaukee situation here, Murphy said.
Scott Post, West Allis city attorney, and Dan Thompson, executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, said they agreed with Murphy’s interpretation of direct legislation. West Allis has passed legislation similar to South Milwaukee’s.
Steve Baas, government affairs director for MMAC, said the organization is pleased but surprised at the new suburban ordinances. Baas said more suburban communities may follow suit.
“I think that most governments and leaders understand the anti-competitive impact that the sick leave ordinance here in Milwaukee is having,” Baas said. “I think they understandably want to protect their own economies and their own businesses from that sort of thing happening in their own backyard.”
South Milwaukee City Administrator Tami Mayzik said the ordinance was not prompted by any specific incident.
“The reason that we moved forward with it more than anything was to protect the taxpayers from any unnecessary legal costs,” Mayzik said. “Whatever I can do to avoid that, I will do.”
Aldermen R. Patrick Stoner and Ramon Navarro were absent from the 6-0 vote.
Sick pay meets more opposition
Waukesha County chamber sees Milwaukee ordinance as threat
By Joe Taschler of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Dec. 30, 2008Here are highlights – Full article here
Waukesha - The Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce plans to aggressively oppose Milwaukee's sick-leave ordinance, saying it would create a negative business climate for the region and have consequences for companies doing business in the city regardless of where the firms are based.
"This is a direct threat to the success of businesses not only in Milwaukee, but Waukesha County, too," said Brian Nemoir, a member of the chamber's board.
Nemoir owns a communications firm in Delafield.
"It's very easy to say, 'Hey, this is bad for Milwaukee so it must be good for Waukesha.' Then you sit down with business owners," he said. It becomes clear the ordinance is something that concerns them greatly, Nemoir said.
The Waukesha County chamber is joining the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce in opposing the measure.
"We're not going to merely sit and applaud MMAC's efforts," Nemoir said. "We're going to aggressively engage on this."
The MMAC has filed suit to block the ordinance. The MMAC includes 2,000 employers with 300,000 employees in the metro area.
The Waukesha Chamber is concerned that the movement will spread beyond Milwaukee's city limits.
"The supporters of this effort will not rest at the county border," Nemoir said.
The chamber also opposes the ordinance on the grounds that it would create a recordkeeping tangle where any employee who does work in the city of Milwaukee must have their hours tracked separately from when they are working elsewhere.
"It's just an accounting nightmare," said Patti Wallner, president of the Waukesha County chamber.
In arguing for a temporary restraining order to block the ordinance, MMAC lawyers say it "unconstitutionally regulates employers located outside the Milwaukee city limits."
The restraining order request also argues that the ordinance "requires that paid sick leave be provided to all employees who work in the city regardless of the location of their employer," according to the petition.
Jeff Hynes, an employment lawyer who has served as a staff attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, said it appears there is some ambiguity in the ordinance regarding the issue of where workers are working and how that applies to sick leave.
"That is a matter that needs to be ironed out," he said.
He added, though, that the issue is something that can be fairly easily resolved and does not appear to be an onerous regulation for businesses.
"This law requires things that employers here are already doing," he said, adding that he has not taken a position on the ordinance.