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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Miller Has a New Problem

Sorry, I've been out for several days due to the death of a very beloved family member. She died in peace (as opposed to the day I took out my frustrations in a poem...) and was surrounded by family and friends. May she rest in peace. I will miss her tremendously (still can't quite get my arms around how the world will be without her...).

On to the story below. As many of you know, I've been tracking the progress of the women fighting Miller Brewing Company's "Man Law" when it comes to union negotiations. Last week, the women filed suit against Miller for discrimination with the EEOC. Good for them! I say as a consumer, it's time to stop drinking all Miller products. A friend ordered a Bud light the other day and I started to yell at him (I'm a Miller purest...), then I stopped myself and took satisfaction in my silence.

One of my Wisconsin heroes Lt Governor Barbara Lawton has this to say on the issue.


STATE OF WISCONSIN
BARBARA LAWTON
LT. GOVERNOR
March 7, 2007 Contact: Robert Chappell, Office of the Lieutenant Governor Office: 608-266-3516 Cell: 608-334-7829
Lt. Governor Lawton's Statement on OPEIU Local 35 EEOC Complaint Against Miller
Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton released the following statement this afternoon:
"This morning, Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 35 announced it will file age and gender discrimination complaints against SAB/Miller PLC tomorrow. In their statement, OPEIU Local 35 alleges that the specific pension terms in Miller's contract offer to its primarily late-middle-aged female members are substantively different and inferior to those in contract offers made to the other six, predominantly male union locals represented at the brewery.

"I traveled the state last year with top executives from successful Wisconsin corporations to share their success stories in 'raising the grade' for women. Their commitment to improving the work environment and increasing opportunities for women is driven by a single motive: it boosts profitability and improves their bottom line. Miller could learn from them.
"But this story has an impact on all of us. For Wisconsin, the key to competitiveness is our ability to attract and retain a talented workforce. The specter of these complaints against Miller - that women doing work traditionally done by women will categorically receive inferior compensation - colors how our state is perceived to value the contributions women make here.
Wisconsin cannot afford the status quo when it comes to women. Civic leaders often say we need to get past the image of Milwaukee as Laverne and Shirley. Imagine the damage if the image becomes Laverne and Shirley on the picket line protesting sex discrimination. More than twenty years ago, pay equity studies conducted for the state of Wisconsin showed how much office workers contribute to our economy. SAB/Miller's success would be impossible without the collective thousands of years of service of the members of Local 35. I encourage leaders at SAB/Miller to seek a resolution to contract negotiations with Local 35 that will boost the company's prospects and send a strong signal that Wisconsin is a great place for women to work."

"Wisconsin cannot afford the status quo when it comes to women. Civic leaders often say we need to get past the image of Milwaukee as Laverne and Shirley. Imagine the damage if the image becomes Laverne and Shirley on the picket line protesting sex discrimination.
"More than twenty years ago, pay equity studies conducted for the state of Wisconsin showed how much office workers contribute to our economy. SAB/Miller's success would be impossible without the collective thousands of years of service of the members of Local 35. I encourage leaders at SAB/Miller to seek a resolution to contract negotiations with Local 35 that will boost the company's prospects and send a strong signal that Wisconsin is a great place for women to work."
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1 comment:

Robert said...

Hi Renee! Thanks for posting the statement and for your support on the issue. When you get a moment, please email me - robert dot chappell at wisconsin dot gov - I have an exciting opportunity to discuss.

Best,
Robert
Office of the Lt. Governor