Andy Gronik has always recognized the importance of treating employees like family — it’s called being a good corporate citizen. Paying people fairly, making sure they have affordable healthcare or other needed benefits, and making sure workers have a voice at the table are all important priorities for him. Good wages and fair labor practices are not just good for workers — it’s smart business, and ultimately, it is good for the economy. In the private-sector, Andy had the chance to help guide manufacturing businesses throughout the world, and he has always believed that labor working together with management toward common goals is how everything great has been built.
Andy sees listening to workers and considering their input as the key to problem-solving and unleashing the economic potential of our state. Organizations that value the ideas contributed by labor have always been the ones to grow in Wisconsin, making our state the manufacturing center of America. As a result, lots of people, who came from nothing, were able to start and grow businesses so their families could join the middle class.
Andy is running for governor because he believes in Wisconsin and its people. This is, after all, the state where progressives and workers succeeded in implementing the first worker’s compensation protections, the first unemployment compensation law, and the first protections against LGBTQ discrimination in employment. And we were the first state to give public sector unions the right to collectively bargain.
We must realize that, especially here in Wisconsin, it’s important for us to carry on that legacy and fight for workers’ rights. That’s how we’ll move Wisconsin forward.
As your governor, Andy Gronik will:
- Protect the right of unions to organize and collectively bargain for fair wages, healthcare, and retirement benefits;
- Repeal so-called Right-to-Work laws;
- Restore prevailing wage laws;
- Raise the minimum wage honoring the “Fight for $15” rallying cry but with thoughtful consideration to regional differences in the cost of living and temporary jobs serving the tourist industry may dictate wages higher or lower than $15/hour;
- Re-establish worker protections in Wisconsin;
- Keep the workplace safe;
- Encourage executives across the state to get out of the boardroom and work with their employees to find solutions to the problems facing their company.