COVID-19 Wisconsin

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Spring Green’s American Players Theatre cancels its Summer 2020 season

BY: - May 15, 2020

American Players Theatre is canceling its Summer 2020 season of plays because of continuing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced Friday. “Right now we’d like nothing more than to be together and gather and take care of each other, but the only thing we can really do is stay apart to keep each […]

Meat at a grocery store in Fairfax, Virginia. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

AG Josh Kaul, unions seek stronger meatpacking safety rules

BY: - May 12, 2020

Attorney General Josh Kaul and union leaders are calling for tougher regulation of the meatpacking industry after President Donald Trump issued an executive order  to keep packing companies operating despite  the fact that thousands of workers have been infected by COVID-19. Kaul is one of 20 state attorneys general who signed a letter from the […]

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Small retailers open up with restrictions under new state order

BY: - May 11, 2020

Small retailers are getting the go-ahead to reopen for in-person shopping, so long as they impose limits of five customers at a time and require people to follow physical distancing guidelines, state officials announced Monday. The newest executive order represents “another turn of the dial” on the Safer at Home order imposed March 25 and […]

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Baldwin calls out meatpacking CEOs on worker safety

BY: - May 6, 2020

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) has written to the chief executives of three major meatpacking companies, charging that the industry’s “unwillingness to implement recommended safety precautions in a timely manner has led to death and the spread of illness from COVID-19 that was preventable.” Baldwin’s letter is addressed to CEOs of JBS USA Holdings, the largest […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Landlords, tenant advocates team up for housing relief request

BY: - April 19, 2020

Groups representing landlords and tenants have teamed up to ask state officials for emergency relief measures aimed at preventing the loss of housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are seeking state legislation that would provide temporary rent assistance, financial aid for landlords, as well as other services to help reduce not just homelessness but […]

Hand sanitizer sits on a table during a news conference with healthcare workers at the National Nurses United offices in Oakland, California. The National Nurses United held a news conference to express concerns that the Centers for Disease Control is not doing enough to help protect and test healthcare workers who are exposed to patients with the COVID-19 virus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Healthcare workers want better working conditions, more PPE

BY: - April 15, 2020

While the state Legislature has passed one COVID-19 relief bill and Gov. Tony Evers signed it Wednesday, health care workers and state Rep. Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) are calling for follow-up legislation that would do more for some of the people on the front lines of the illness. Earlier this week, Vining circulated a letter to […]

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COVID-19 bill revives cut in nursing aide training

BY: - April 15, 2020

A reduction in training requirements for certified nursing assistants (CNA) that Gov. Tony Evers vetoed last year, and that was blocked a second time when Republicans failed in their attempt to override that veto, has returned in the Legislature’s massive COVID-19 bill that passed the Assembly on Tuesday. Language in AB-1038 reduces the minimum number […]

PLAINVIEW, NY - Store employees work to stock shelves at a ShopRite supermarket on April 13, 2020 in Plainview, New York. Grocery stores and supermarkets on Long Island are busy balancing supply chains to keep up with increased consumer demands. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Union seeks ‘first-responder’ status for grocery workers

BY: - April 14, 2020

Think “first responder” and the people that come to mind include firefighters and police officers, emergency medical technicians and nurses, along with other kinds of healthcare workers. But there’s another group of people who believe during the COVID-19 pandemic they should be included: grocery store employees. It’s not a frivolous request, says Melanie Bartholf. She […]