labor unions

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Report: For working Wisconsin, ‘new normal’ must mean big changes

BY: - September 3, 2021

More jobs, but not a full recovery. Better wages, but fewer unions — and, as a consequence, weaker protections for workers. And gaping inequalities by race and ethnicity. That’s the picture painted in the 2021 edition of the State of Working Wisconsin, an annual assessment that COWS, a University of Wisconsin research and policy center, […]

One employer’s answer to the hospitality hiring crunch: Union? Yes!

BY: - August 7, 2021

While other hospitality industry operators bemoan that their cupboard is bare when they try to hire workers, the owners of one Milwaukee venue are pursuing a dramatically different approach.  Bounce Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers union (MASH) announced an agreement Friday that sets the stage for Bounce to reopen in the […]

Appleton Coated

Ron Johnson challenger wrote the book on how union workers saved a Wisconsin paper plant

BY: - May 4, 2021

Four years ago Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson teamed up with union leaders and management to help wrest a paper mill threatened with closure from the scrap heap. They won, and the former Appleton Coated plant in Combined Locks continues to operate under new ownership. It’s a story that shows “sometimes the little guy, sometimes […]

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 […]

Briggs & Stratton warehouse (photo by Michael Rosen)

Briggs & Stratton’s demise: greed, mismanagement, blaming others

BY: and - September 28, 2020

Just days before filing for bankruptcy in July, Milwaukee’s Briggs & Stratton Corp., at one time the largest producer of small engines in the world and employer to 11,000 union production workers making a solid, middle-class living, handed its top executives $5 million in bonuses, calling them “retention awards.”   In mid-September a federal bankruptcy court […]

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Landmark labor bill clears U.S. House

BY: - February 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed landmark pro-labor legislation Thursday that backers said could begin to reverse the country’s decades-long decline in union membership. The bill passed largely along party lines by a vote of 224-194. All Wisconsin representatives voted with the majority of their party. The measure, known as the Protecting the Right to […]

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Wis. Dems advance pro-union reforms with an eye toward Nov. elections

BY: - February 6, 2020

UPDATE: The bill passed the House largely along party lines by a vote of 224-194 with all Wisconsin representatives joining with the majority of their party. More on the Thursday night vote can be found here.   WASHINGTON — Buried under news about the Iowa caucuses, the president’s State of the Union address and the […]

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UW Hospital nurses seek union recognition

BY: - December 19, 2019

Five-and-a-half years after their collective bargaining rights were stripped in the aftermath of Act 10, registered nurses working for the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics Authority (UWHCA) on Thursday confronted the board of directors demanding recognition for a new union. “Unacceptable changes to staffing levels, nurse/patient ratios and the dissolution of key nursing departments […]

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Pay raise approval process drags for state workers

BY: - December 11, 2019

After several months delay, contracts covering unionized state workers could finally go before state lawmakers for their required review next week. A spokeswoman for state Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) said Tuesday that the Joint Committee on Employment Relations has penciled in a meeting for Wednesday, Dec. 18, pending confirmation that all members can attend. Roth […]

Evers signs pipeline protest bill over critics’ objections

BY: - November 21, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday signed a widely supported, yet also controversial, bill escalating penalties for trespassing on pipelines and other energy and water sites. Evers signed AB 426, which passed with bipartisan support and was backed by business groups as well as labor unions whose members work in pipeline construction projects. Opponents of the […]

A man protests against a pumpjack representing the oil industry.

Pipeline bill’s backers, critics both lobby Evers as signing deadline nears

BY: - November 18, 2019

Pressure is building on Gov. Tony Evers from both backers and critics of a controversial bill that would make it a felony for protesters to trespass on pipeline sites and other forms of energy and water-transmission infrastructure. Assembly Bill 426 formally reached Evers’ office Thursday, Nov. 14, giving him one week to sign or veto […]