On March 24th, after over two years of fighting, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled to uphold Milwaukee’s paid sick days ordinance, a referendum that passed with nearly 70% of the vote in 2008.
The MMAC was quick to file a lawsuit against the referendum after its passage, but after a long struggle in the circuit court, Court of Appeals and State Supreme Court, the two-year injunction halting its implantation was finally lifted.
The law will provide 120 thousand Milwaukee families who do not receive paid leave from their employer the freedom to take care of themselves or a family member without the threat of job or wage loss.
Community leaders, health care advocates, activists, union members and others gathered at City Hall on March 24th to celebrate the victory and to bring attention to AB41, a bill that just passed in the state legislature, which will prevent all cities and counties in Wisconsin from passing sick leave ordinances.
9to5 National Association of Working Women, the organization behind Paid Sick Days Milwaukee, says the next steps are to work with City Council to implement the law while also fighting AB41 statewide.
For more information visit http://www.9to5.org/local/milwaukee