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Two more state companies warn of consequences if President Obama wins re-election


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - At least three employers in southeast Wisconsin have told workers they might lose some of their benefits if Republican Mitt Romney is not elected president on Tuesday.

A lawsuit has been filed against Rite-Hite of Milwaukee, after its founder told employees to understand the “personal consequences” if President Obama is re-elected and raises taxes.

Now, the Journal Sentinel says Milwaukee’s Land Title Services has told its employees it would end pay raises adopted in January if its gets squeezed by higher taxes. And Jockey International of Kenosha admits telling workers that the Obama health reforms would, “further challenge companies such as Jockey to continue to offer affordable medical coverage plans.”

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has filed suit against Rite-Hite’s owner, saying he broke a state law against bosses making any comments that can be construed as threats if employees don’t vote a certain way. Rite-Hite has not commented.

National media reports say the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision has given employers more power to discuss election consequences with their workers.

UW-Madison political scientist Ken Mayer says the Rite-Hite case does not appear to break state law. But he can’t blame employees for getting nervous when they’re told such things. He says he’s seeing nothing close to coercion – which he says would be a serious crime.