MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Some state lawmakers say it's wrong not to give jobless benefits to workers who were laid off because another part of their plant went on strike. That's what happened to 156 employees at Manitowoc Cranes last month. Members of a boilermakers union were laid off four days after 200 machinists in another union went on strike -- and the boilermakers did not get state unemployment benefits. Today, Assembly Democrat Mark Pocan of Madison and Senate Democrat Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie introduced a bill to change that. They said the boilermakers lost work through no fault of their own -- and they called the denial of benefits a "giant loophole" that hurts families. Pocan said it's not a partisan issue, since Manitowoc Assembly Independent Bob Ziegelbauer has co-sponsored the bill along with GOP lawmakers in the area of the plant. They include Senate Republican Joe Liebham of Sheboygan and Green Bay area Representative Andre Jacque.
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