Act 10

Madison alders pass unanimous resolution backing UW Health nurses’ union

BY: - September 23, 2021

A Madison Common Council resolution calling for a “fair and fast union election” by the end of 2021 for nurses at UW Health garnered unanimous approval from the body this week. The vote, conducted by acclamation Tuesday night, followed testimony from several nurses who support unionization at UW Hospital and Clinics. The resolution was introduced […]

With backing from Madison alders, UW Health union drive kicks into higher gear

BY: - September 4, 2021

On Thursday, dozens of brightly colored garments were hung out in the morning sunshine in front of Madison’s City County Building. Floating in the warm September breeze, they were the tops of scrub suits, the kind worn by nurses and other medical personnel. They hung from cables strung above and behind a podium. There, members […]

EXCLUSIVE: Analysis suggests UW Health not barred from collective bargaining

BY: - September 2, 2021

Madison city officials are rallying behind UW Health nurses who are seeking union representation. As they do so, a new legal analysis for the union argues that — contrary to past assumptions about Act 10, Wisconsin’s 2011 collective bargaining law — nothing in either that law or other state laws would bar the health care […]

Legislation would restore collective bargaining rights at UW Health

BY: - May 21, 2021

Two lawmakers are circulating draft legislation that would restore collective bargaining rights that employees at University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics Authority lost with the passage of Act 10 a decade ago. The legislation is the latest step in a union organizing campaign by nurses employed by UW Health that launched in late 2019 and […]

Act 10 protests at the Wisconsin Capitol 2011. Photo by Emily Mills CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Public employees seek a voice at work that they’ve lacked for 10 years

BY: - March 2, 2021

For tens of thousands of Wisconsin workers who lost most or all of their rights on the job a decade ago, one provision in Gov. Tony Evers’ second biennial budget stands out: Evers’ proposal to restore collective bargaining for public employees. Better compensation is one reason, say state and local workers, who argue that their […]

AFT Local 212 strike picket courtesy of Dee and Rosen.

Milwaukee’s 1969 strike offers lessons for rebuilding today’s union movement

BY: and - February 10, 2021

On the tenth anniversary of one of the darkest days in Wisconsin history — the introduction and subsequent passage of Act 10 — it’s important to recognize that unions in the past have grown and even triumphed under similar conditions that former-Gov. Scott Walker, Speaker Robin Vos and now-Congressman Scott Fitzgerald and their co-conspirators imposed […]

Act 10 protests at the Wisconsin Capitol 2011. Photo by Emily Mills CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Union-backed survey finds public support for unions, especially for health care workers

BY: - February 9, 2021

Most Wisconsin voters support unions, particularly for health care workers, along with policies to help people recover from the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on health as well as on the economy, according to new survey findings. “Voters in this state are clamoring for help,” said Mario Brossard of Global Strategy Group, which presented the survey results […]

Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill Protest photo by Mark Danielson CC BY-NC 2.0

D.C. mob riot versus Act 10 and Black Lives Matter protests

BY: - January 6, 2021

When a violent mob stormed the DC Capitol, breaking through police lines and crashing barriers, encouraged by President Donald Trump, to stop Congress from ratifying the election results, the minds of some Wisconsin Republicans immediately turned to the sustained but peaceful Act 10 protests at the Wisconsin Capitol in 2011. Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke […]

Raising again their Raging voices

BY: - August 5, 2020

It had been months since they felt they could get together safely. But on Tuesday, Aug. 4, a dozen Raging Grannies decided they could wait no longer to once more raise their voices in song for peace and justice. News of the federal incursion of militarized law enforcement agents in Portland, Ore., propelled them to […]

Sen. Luther Olsen (screenshot from Wisconsin Eye)

Republican moderates and the banality of evil

BY: - June 22, 2020

If ever there were a time for so-called Republican moderates to stop making excuses for Donald Trump and stand up for some core values, it has long since come and gone. Yet here was retiring state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), in his farewell interview with WisconsinEye on June 15, answering a question about what grade […]

Scott Walker, sideways smile

Walker pens New York Times op-ed urging government to support workers

BY: - May 21, 2020

On Wednesday, former Gov. Scott Walker had an opinion piece published  in the New York Times, which largely repeated messages that Wisconsin legislators made in a letter to President Donald Trump and elsewhere. In brief, he stated that the federal government cannot afford to waste money on failing state governments, taking a few jabs specifically […]

view of UW hospital across Lake Mendota

Union organizers aim to thread Act 10 needle

BY: - January 28, 2020

In their campaign for a stronger voice in their workplace, nurses at UW Hospital and Clinics face one steep challenge. Act 10, the same 2011 law that slashed union rights for most Wisconsin public employees to a bare minimum, went even farther for UW Hospital and Clinics employees: It ended collective bargaining entirely for workers […]