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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 […]

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Ex-govs collaborate on a COVID-19 shot publicity booster

BY: - June 10, 2021

They never ran head-to-head, but Jim Doyle and Scott Walker see eye-to-eye on one subject. The two former governors — Democrat Doyle and Republican Walker — have teamed up for a UW Health public service announcement promoting the COVID-19 vaccine. The 30-second spot depicts a Zoom call between the two in which they share their […]

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 […]

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UW chosen as distribution hub for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 10, 2020

UW Health will be a regional distribution hub for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, it was announced today. The integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has 80 outpatient sites throughout Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. “These vaccines will be going to front-line healthcare workers first, and there are still uncertainties around the quantities we’ll get […]

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Who will be left out if COVID-19 medical resources fall short?

BY: - April 3, 2020

Growing fears of a shortage of lifesaving treatment for COVID-19 is prompting concern among activists and organizations who look out for the rights of people with disabilities. This week, the Survival Coalition, an umbrella group of several Wisconsin disability rights groups, wrote a letter to Gov. Tony Evers stating that their members “share concerns regarding […]

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Health care workers scrap old routines, confront new risks

BY: - April 2, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the country, health care workers find themselves on the front lines. The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has led hospitals and clinics to upend their routines and made the people who work in them risk their health and their lives. Shifts have been extended and staffers have been […]

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Nurses seeking union get a friendly reception

BY: - January 30, 2020

Nurses seeking to revive their union at the UW Hospital and Clinics brought their campaign to a friendly audience Wednesday night, urging members of the community to join their cause and persuade the hospital system’s board and administration to work with them. Staffing, workloads, and the relationship between nurses and hospital management, from immediate supervisors […]

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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 […]

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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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UW hospital backlog ‘worst that I have seen’

BY: - September 9, 2019

A surge in people needing inpatient treatment at UW Health University Hospital in Madison last week led to a backlog. As many as 25 patients had to wait in the hospital’s emergency department before they could be admitted to hospital inpatient units where they were treated. The backlog “was the worst that I have seen,” […]