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Burke Demands Wage Hike in Wisconsin, Burke’s Trek Exploits Low-Wage China

Jul 17, 2014 7:17:58 AM

Madison – Throughout her campaign Millionaire Mary Burke has called for Wisconsin to significantly raise its minimum wage despite having amassed her personal fortune profiting from the outsourcing of Wisconsin jobs to China. China’s average hourly wage is more than three times lower than Wisconsin’s minimum wage.

“Rather than create jobs for hard-working Wisconsinites, Mary Burke’s own company would rather ship jobs to China and exploit low wages, dismal working conditions and poor environmental standards to make a buck,” said Walker Press Secretary Alleigh Marré. “This is just the latest example of Mary Burke saying one thing and doing another.”

The Facts: Mary Burke’s Trek Exploits Low-Wage China:

  • The latest data from The Bureau of Labor Statistics show the average hourly compensation of manufacturing employees in China was $1.74. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, International Labor Comparisons Manufacturing In China Table 2, accessed 7/15/14)
  • The Huffington Post lists the average hourly wage of a Chinese worker at $1.36. (Bonnie Kavoussi, Average Cost Of A Factory Worker In The U.S., China And Germany,” Huffington Post, 3/19/12)
  • Mary Burke supports a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour. (Dee J. Hall, Mary Burke backs $10.10 an hour minimum wage,” Wisconsin State Journal, 2/3/14)
  • The Trek CEO was well aware of low wages, dismal working conditions and poor environmental standards in China, yet the company shipped Wisconsin jobs there anyway, their concern being high taxes - not worker conditions.  "They pay their workers a dollar a day and no benefits, they are subject to no environmental standards, and they still charge these kinds of tariffs," he says. "It’s totally unbelievable to me that the U.S. Government won't say to the Chinese, 'As of this date, we will permit no bikes to enter the United States until you open up your markets.' "(Michele Wucker, "Keep on Trekking," Working Woman, December/January 1998)
    

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