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January 11, 2018

Wisconsin mulls limiting pro-worker local ordinances

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. — Business and labor clashed Wednesday over a Republican bill that would prevent local governments in Wisconsin from enacting a variety of ordinances pertaining to employment matters, including limits on working hours, overtime, benefits, and discrimination and wage claims.

Proponents, including the state chamber of commerce, argued at a public hearing that the measure is needed to create statewide employment standards to provide consistency and stability both for employers and employees. But opponents, including Democrats and labor unions, said the changes are anti-worker and would undermine local government control.

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