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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.

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Nonunion workers turn to federal labor law to challenge employers

By: - September 1, 2022

After what they said were repeated problems with their pay and working conditions, employees at a Madison apparel and screen printing business sent the owner a petition last week describing their frustration. They wanted a meeting at which they could discuss complaints that they said included missed payroll, stifling hot work rooms and a lack of […]

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Advocates unpack the details in new climate, health and tax law

By: - August 31, 2022

In the two weeks since President Joe Biden signed a massive bill that incorporates health care, climate and tax measures into law, the legislation’s supporters have been working to convey its details to the public. The legislation, which the authors dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, passed Congress with votes from Democratic lawmakers only. Biden signed […]

UW Health nurses vote for 3-day walkout in September to gain union rights

By: - August 26, 2022

A Wednesday night vote by hundreds of nurses working for UW Health to strike if the hospital system’s management does not recognize their union followed months of conversations, meetings and strategizing among more than 2,000 nurses employed by the largest health care provider in Madison. Nurses involved in the campaign say that the decision to […]

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Evers touts new tax relief plan ahead of expected bigger budget surplus forecast

By: - August 24, 2022

With a road show that took him across the state, Gov. Tony Evers unveiled a new proposal Tuesday for Wisconsin’s budget surplus, now projected to be even larger than previous forecasts. Evers’ proposal includes provisions to cut taxes, with a focus on low- and middle-income households. It also has measures to boost child care access […]

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Janesville manufacturer that fled to Mexico is selling off its assets

By: - August 19, 2022

Less than a year after Hufcor closed its plant in Janesville and moved operations to Mexico, displacing 150 workers, the company’s Mexico plans appear to be a bust and the manufacturer’s assets in its one-time home state of Wisconsin are being liquidated. On Thursday, Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington authorized the court-appointed receiver for […]

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State’s jobs numbers, unemployment are both up, although not by much

By: - August 19, 2022

Wisconsin employers added nearly 10,000 jobs in July, the state labor department reported Thursday, continuing job growth that has been steady for six out of the seven months of 2022. At the same time, however, “we didn’t see the normal pop we get in June and July in the workforce,” said Dennis Winters, chief labor […]

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Evers decries GOP lawmakers after they block state’s opioid settlement plan

By: - August 17, 2022

Republican leaders of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee blocked a plan Wednesday from the state health department that would spend $31 million awarded to the state in a settlement to address the opioid crisis. The budget committee’s co-chairs didn’t explain their reason for delaying the plan, which the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) created […]

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COVID-19 levels and hospitalizations remain high where more than half of state residents live

By: - August 17, 2022

One-third of Wisconsin counties have high community levels of COVID-19, a federal designation that carries a recommendation for universal masking indoors away from home. Those counties are home to more than half of Wisconsin residents and range from major metropolitan areas to much smaller and lesser-populated parts of the state. The Centers for Disease Control […]

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Finance panel OKs changes to advance local juvenile correction centers in Milwaukee, Racine counties

By: - August 16, 2022

While Wisconsin’s plan to replace long-troubled youth correctional facilities at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake advances, the state is also expanding a planned renovation of Milwaukee’s juvenile justice center and facing higher costs for a new youth facility in Racine County.  The Legislature’s budget committee voted unanimously Tuesday to increase what the state will pay […]

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Watchdog group: State corporate political donations double since 2020

By: - August 12, 2022

Corporate donors have given Wisconsin Republican Party groups more than three times as much money as they have to Democratic Party groups so far this year, according to a campaign finance watchdog group, and they are spending twice as much on political contributions as they did two years ago. Through June 2022, corporations gave $633,393 […]

Michael Bell on one of the many billboards his father bought to draw attention to internal police investigations after his son was fatally shot by Kenosha police in 2004. (Photo via Bell's Plea For a Change Facebook site.)

What really happened the night Michael Bell’s son died?

By: - August 11, 2022

Over the course of a dozen years, Michael M. Bell has been campaigning for local and state officials to take a new look at the 2004 killing of his son by a Kenosha police officer. In the last year, that campaign has escalated — culminating with public allegations that Bell has directed at the Kenosha […]

Democratic legislators demand audit of Gableman’s 2020 election review

By: - August 11, 2022

Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers are urging Republicans to join in commissioning a nonpartisan state audit of the partisan election review office established by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos a year ago. The Office of Special Council (OSC) that Vos established under the leadership of  former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman has already racked up at least […]