Today in the U.S., paid sick leave is a privilege, when it should be a right. Now, in the wake of his recent bid to end the collective bargaining rights of state employees, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., signed a bill that overturns Milwaukee's paid sick leave law. Walker was in Milwaukee at the Italian Community Center on Thursday, where he went to offices of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce to sign Senate Bill 23.
This appears to be part of a recent pattern of petty counterattacks against the labor movement by Walker, as this move follows his recent sarcastic program, which claims to recognize state employees for their hard work - after having removed their collective bargaining rights, of course.
Walker maintains that this latest course of action is to remove barriers that hold back job creation - a likely story, of course. Moreover, the Drum Major Institute, in a study that examines the paid sick leave law in San Francisco, found "no evidence that businesses have been negatively impacted by the enactment of paid sick leave." Furthermore, the U.S. economy loses $180 billion each year due to sick employees infecting co-workers because they couldn't stay home.