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This Election Year, Labor Falls on the International Agenda

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Elora Hennessey
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UWM Photo
Protestors calling for an increase in the minimum wage chant and bang drums in the UW-Milwaukee Union concourse during February's Democratic Debate.

Just before last month’s Democratic Presidential debate in Milwaukee, a group of protestors demonstrated right outside the filing room where hundreds of reporters had gathered to cover the event.

They were demanding an increase in the minimum wage in this country to $15 an hour. As it turns out, the minimum wage was barely mentioned in that debate. But the issues of wages, job creation and labor policies are recurrent discussion topics during the campaign season.

These issues are not unique to the United States, they also fall under the purview of the International Labor Organization, a specialized agency of the UN.

Nancy Donaldson directs the ILO’s US office in Washington, and she was in Milwaukee recently to speak at the UWM Institute of World Affairs. She stopped by the Lake Effect studio during her visit to discuss labor issues:

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