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John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.

Child labor laws in Wisconsin

 With the way the Republican Party is operating in the state of Wisconsin, it is only a matter of time before they eliminate our current Child Labor Laws. They have already tried to eliminate equal pay for women on the job. Having the ability to organize labor unions in our education system is now limited. They seem to want to pas Right-to-Work laws and are determined to eliminate our labor unions. They have rich backers, like the Koch brothers, providing money in this cause. It is only a matter of time before they find new laws to eliminate all labor unions and return our state to the time of the 1880's. They want the big companies to rule on all of their policies, including the right to organize a union. If only people could realize how important labor unions are. We have the eight hour work day, overtime pay, injury compensation protection, unemployment insurance, sick leave, and protection from company harassment by cruel bosses on the job.

 In the 1880's, if you were hurt on the job, you were replaced permanently. If  you were sick, you were replaced. If your boss did not like you, he could fire you for no reason. If you were children, you would be expected to handle small items that big hands were no good at handling. There were no limits on how many hours you had to work. Women had zero rights during this time period.

 This is what the Republicans would like to see happen again with support from their rich benefactors. We still have the right to vote. Choose your politicians with caution. What you do will decide your future. Take the time and vote in the next election. You now have the writing on the wall. Do not hesitate to vote.

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