Addressing local officials from the Wisconsin Counties Association at a hotel in Madison, Walker urged them to spread the word about blue-collar jobs in fields such as welding. Employers, he said, are in some cases “desperate” for workers in some skilled trades and aren’t taking on more clients and expanding production because they can’t fill their openings.
It has been a frequent theme for Walker in his speeches to Wisconsin audiences.
State parents and schools need to stop stigmatizing those careers, which often now require a two-year associate degree, Walker said. By working overtime, some welders in the state could make nearly $100,000 a year, the governor said.
Figures on the website of Walker’s Department of Workforce Development listed the average statewide wage for “welders, cutters and welder fitters” of average experience at $18.89 an hour, or $39,290 a year.
To make up that remaining amount to get to $100,000 a year by working overtime at time and a half, the average worker in those occupations would have to work just over 41 hours of overtime a week for every week of the year. That’s 81 hours a week in total, or the equivalent of more than two full-time jobs.
What takes this bit of stupidity from the mundane to High Art is that in the same article, Walker assures us that he is on track to pay off the debt incurred from his doomed campaign.
Welders For Wingnuts contributing, eh Scottie?