A push at the Capitol to make sure Wisconsin school children know the history of organized labor.
Legislation proposed by State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) would require every school district in the state to educate students about the history of organized labor and its contributions. Hansen says the union movement has lead to many advancements in the US job market, and many children grow up without knowing how this country has progressed workers' rights. He says students should be learning about what unions have accomplished, such as minimum wage laws, the 40 hour work week, and unemployment insurance.
The Green Bay Democrat says students would learn about both sides of the labor movement. He says they should have knowledge of what has brought us to now and the negative things that have held workers back as well.
Hansen has been proposing variations of the bill since 2001, but it has failed to gain Republican support each time.