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Erik Gunn

Erik Gunn

Deputy Editor Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, health policy and related subjects, for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, BNA Inc., and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary. An East Coast native, he previously covered labor for The Milwaukee Journal after reporting for newspapers in upstate New York and northern Illinois. He's a graduate of Beloit College (English Comp.) and the Columbia School of Journalism. Off hours he is the Examiner's resident Springsteen and Jackson Browne fanboy and model railroad nerd.

Jon Melrod

A union firebrand in the 1970s and ‘80s sees labor’s future in his past

By: - September 27, 2022

Jon Melrod has written a memoir that tells a slice of labor history in Kenosha, Wisconsin, four decades ago. But he believes his story, “Fighting Times,” which goes on sale Tuesday, has broader appeal. “It’s everybody’s story — everybody who’s ever worked, who’s ever worked for a bad boss or under bad conditions,” said Melrod, […]

Speaker Robin Vos flies with former President Donald Trump to talk election audit on 8/21/21 | Vos official Facebook

Vos fights subpoena from U.S. House committee investigating Jan. 6 attack

By: - September 26, 2022

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is suing the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol to block a subpoena that directs him to testify about his phone conversation this July with former President Donald Trump. In his lawsuit, Vos claims the conversation, when Trump urged him to decertify Wisconsin’s […]

Fitzgerald constituent mail draws ethics complaint for campaign-style messaging

By: - September 26, 2022

On one side of an oversize four-color card mailed to constituents in the 5th Congressional District, a color photo depicts a young couple bent over a kitchen table, their brows furrowed. Bold letters emblazoned across the lower half of the image declare: “Reckless spending policies are fueling inflation, CRUSHING American families.” At the top of […]

Overturning Roe sends approval of U.S. Supreme Court plummeting, Marquette poll finds

By: - September 21, 2022

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned a national right to abortion, public approval of the Court has fallen dramatically and stayed there, a new national poll from Marquette Law School finds. In the new survey, 40% of respondents said they approved of how the Court was doing its […]

Small business advocacy group joins National Voter Registration Day campaign

By: - September 21, 2022

Among the collection of organizations and political figures highlighting National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, members of a group representing small business owners added their voice to the campaign. The message is nonpartisan, but also aimed at showing politicians the power that small business operators have, said Shawn Phetteplace, midwest manager for Main Street Alliance. […]

Milwaukee city hall

Report: With pension bill, revenue constraints, fiscal tipping point looms for Milwaukee

By: - September 20, 2022

The city of Milwaukee is closer than ever to a major fiscal tipping point that could lead to severe cuts in services in the coming years and require swift action by the city and state lawmakers to avert a crisis, according to a new report released Tuesday. In search of a long-term resolution, “city and […]

Medical bills they thought were covered sock dissolved company’s former employees

By: - September 20, 2022

When Yvonne Rhead got foot surgery in May, she expected that her bill would be covered by the health insurance she had with her former employer.  Instead, she’s gotten nothing so far — and a $40,000 bill is staring her in the face. Rhead spent 22 years working for Hufcor Inc., a Janesville-based manufacturer of […]

Packers quarterback Brett Favre in the pocket during game between the Green Bay Packers and the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York on November 5, 2006. Buffalo won 24-10. (Photo by Mark Konezny/NFLPhotoLibrary)

News outlet scrutinizes Favre scandal involving Mississippi welfare money for stadium

By: - September 20, 2022

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is at the center of a Mississippi scandal that involves $5 million in welfare funds used to finance a volleyball stadium.  On Friday, the Mississippi Free Press published an extensive account of the transactions involved in the scandal.  The story takes readers through the mounting court records in […]

Elephant Republican and Donkey Dems with lightning in front of flag Image by chayka1270 from Pixabay

New Marquette Law School poll points to tight races for Senate, governor

By: - September 15, 2022

The race between Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and his Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, has tightened into a dead heat, with Johnson now leading by a percentage point in the latest Marquette Law School poll. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers maintains a slight 3-point lead over Republican challenger Tim Michels in the Marquette poll released […]

UW Health, nurses reach agreement on resolving question of union rights

By: - September 12, 2022

UW Health, nurses and the union seeking to represent them have agreed to a legal process to establish whether the hospital system can recognize and bargain with a union. Hospital and union representatives along with Gov. Tony Evers announced the deal Monday — averting a threatened three-day walkout by nurses that was to begin Tuesday […]

Needles are seen littering the pavement in a lane near to a Safe Consumption van set up by Peter Krykant on September 25, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Peter a recovering heroin addict and former drugs worker, has set up the drug consumption van where addicts can inject safely and take drugs under supervision. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Finance committee adds police to $31M opiate settlement spending plan

By: - September 9, 2022

A three-week squabble over how the state should spend its first $31 million payment from litigation against the opiate industry ended Thursday as the Legislature’s budget committee approved a revised plan for using  the money to combat the state’s opioid addiction crisis. Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee rewrote a plan originally drafted by the […]

union rally for Meriter nurses

Union organizers share their experiences as the economy shows workers their power

By: - September 8, 2022

A half-dozen activists were wrapping up a 90-minute conversation Wednesday when Conner Erickson offered his tip to people trying to organize a union where they work.  “Frustration is an incredibly strong weapon that spreads rapidly,” said Erickson. “Reassuring folks that their frustrations are not theirs alone — that does a lot for a worker who’s […]