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.

May Day caravan to support safety, help for working people

By: - April 30, 2020

A week after more than a thousand people rallied on the state Capitol lawn to demand — against the advice of health experts — that Wisconsin end the shutdown of businesses and public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, another group will demonstrate in support of the state’s continued restrictions on gatherings — but also for […]

Carcasses in a meat processing plant

COVID-19 outbreaks highlight meatpacking plant conditions

By: - April 30, 2020

A growing series of COVID-19 outbreaks in American meatpacking plants — including in Wisconsin — is putting a spotlight on dangerous working conditions that employee advocates have been complaining about for decades. On Wednesday, state officials reported that Brown County has set up two isolation facilities for people who may have been exposed to the […]

The Karofsky campaign moved events to social media and Facebook live amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo from Jill For Justice Facebook page)

Political organizers pivot to a digital campaign

By: - April 30, 2020

When Vice President Mike Pence visited Madison’s GE Healthcare ventilator factory on April 21 to praise company workers and tout the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin offered a rebuttal a couple of days later. In a video on its Facebook page, Democratic Party spokesperson Philip Shulman looked at the camera […]

An array of face masks for COVID-19

Labor unions go remote to mark Workers Memorial Day

By: - April 28, 2020

Workers Memorial Day — an annual observation for workers who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job — is usually an occasion for somber parades, memorial services and rallies to raise the issue of workplace safety. In 2020, the April 28 event is being celebrated differently in Wisconsin because of […]

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 18: A member of the health care staff from the Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) prepares to test people for the coronavirus in the parking lot of its Doris Ison Health Center on March 18, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

COVID-19’s missing cases

By: - April 28, 2020

Every day, Wisconsin counties and the state Department of Health Services (DHS) post new updates on the number of people infected and the number who have died from COVID-19. The numbers creep up unevenly from day to day. On Monday, April 27, DHS logged 170 new cases, for a statewide total of 6,081 people who […]

Man pouring Concrete

State urges employers to avoid layoffs with Work-Share

By: - April 27, 2020

Wisconsin’s revised Work-Share program is now up and running, enabling employers to schedule full-time workers as part-timers, while workers who lose hours can get unemployment compensation to make up for lost wages. Language making it easier for employers to implement a Work-Share program was included in the COVID-19 relief bill passed and signed into law […]

Person in wheelchair

COVID-19’s impact is intensified for people with disabilities

By: - April 23, 2020

Gladys Walker’s 5-year-old son was coughing, lethargic and feverish over a three-week period in March and early April, but the family struggled to get him medical attention. The Walker family lives in Nekoosa. Even when her son’s fever spiked to 107 degrees, Walker says, an area clinic denied her request to bring him in to […]

Wisconsin State Capitol Police car in front of Wisconsin Capitol. (Photo: WI Department of Administration)

Evers takes ‘good cop’ stance on Safer at Home protest

By: - April 23, 2020

On the eve of a planned protest in front of the state Capitol by people flouting the state’s Safer at Home order, Gov. Tony Evers said on Thursday that he won’t ask Capitol police to intervene or arrest participants — even though they would be there without a permit. “I celebrate the First Amendment and […]

Zoom screen shot of clergy press conference

Clergy group backs workers and Safer at Home extension

By: - April 23, 2020

An interfaith group of clergy joined workers Wednesday to back the extension of Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order through May and to criticize Republican legislative leaders for trying to block it with a lawsuit filed in the state Supreme Court. Participants, representing Christian, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist and other faith groups, took part to show “their […]

Thank you Health Care workers

State details back-to-work plan

By: - April 21, 2020

Wisconsin can begin the process of reopening its economy when the state sees the number of positive COVID-19 tests, the number of infections of COVID-19 or conventional influenza, and the percentage of COVID-19 tests that are positive each decline for 14 days straight, state officials said Monday. Additionally, the state hospital system must be free […]

Health care staff from the FoundCare center wear protective gear as they help people who called to setup a drive through appointments to be tested for the coronavirus in the centers parking lot on March 16, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. FoundCare, a nonprofit federally qualified health center, said the testing for COVID-19 will be open to Palm Beach County residents who have called ahead for a scheduled appointment.

State expands COVID-19 testing capacity

By: - April 20, 2020

Wisconsin is further expanding the state’s capacity to test for COVID-19, one of the conditions required to begin relaxing the statewide lockdown that has been in effect since March 25, Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday. “Testing is key to Wisconsin turning the dial on COVID-19 and reopening the state,” the governor’s office said in a […]