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Evers fires DWD chief over unemployment comp woes

The embattled head of the state’s labor department quit Friday on orders of Gov. Tony Evers amid continued delays in Wisconsin’s unemployment compensation system,...

PSC extends moratorium on utility shutoffs again

With COVID-19 cases continuing to spike, the Public Service Commission is continuing the agency’s ban on utility shutoffs, this time until Nov. 1. Commissioners voted...

Wisconsin jobs come back, but at a slower pace

Unemployment in Wisconsin dipped again in August, but the state still had more than 200,000 fewer jobs than a year ago, according to data...

Big Ten football, pandemic and politics collide as UW’s Blank testifies...

Update: The Big 10 announced Wednesday morning that the football season will resume Oct. 23-24, with stringent medical protocols in place. University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor...

Evers aims to boost tourism industry

The governor and state tourism head have an acronym for their latest pandemic-time economic boost: TRAVEL. That stands for Tourism Relief to Accelerate Vitality...

Union protest targets Johnson, unemployment supplement

Protesting Sen. Ron Johnson’s opposition to extending a $600 weekly federal supplement to unemployment pay, members of the Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers...

Labor Day 2020: There are no sidelines in Trump’s America

Labor Day 2020 comes at the end of an historic summer of racial reckoning for our country. The police shooting of Jacob Blake in...

Pandemic shines a spotlight on workers’ struggle Wages, benefits, union rights...

Anthony Steward is a cook at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum basketball arena and the father of two. He was laid off in the spring when...

Eviction moratorium is a stopgap measure, but more help needed, advocates...

A temporary nationwide moratorium on evictions offers some hope for renters desperate to avoid losing their homes, but more comprehensive, longer-term solutions are still...

State job picture improves, but full recovery is far off

Wisconsin’s pandemic jobs recovery continued in July, with the state restoring 30,500 jobs and the unemployment rate falling to 7%, the state Department of...
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