Archive for the ‘WISCONSIN’ Category

Mar
2015
23

Study: Wisconsin Construction Workers Among Nation’s Most Productive (Not For Long)

Study: Wisconsin Construction Workers Among Nation's Most Productive (Not For Long)
  A new study has found that road and bridge construction workers in Wisconsin were the most productive in the Great Lakes region and the third most productive in the nation.  The report, released by Wisconsin Infrastructure Investment Now, Inc. (WIIN), found that Wisconsin construction workers contribute $185,000 to the economy, on average...
Mar
2015
16

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in
  In a brief letter to the editor of the New York Times, North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey explained that “Right-to-Work” results in a drop in skilled labor. He questions the idea of attracting businesses to Wisconsin by thwarting workers, suggesting, “Companies and whole industries from...
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Mar
2015
12

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin's
  The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and two unions have filed a lawsuit seeking both temporary and permanent injunctions against the “Right-to-Work” legislation signed into law on Monday by Governor Scott Walker.   The lawsuit names Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and members of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission as defendants....
Mar
2015
11

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Signing as Political; GOP Sets Sights on Further Dismantling Construction Worker Protections

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker's
  As anyone following the labor movement or the race for the GOP presidential nomination knows, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed “Right-to-Work” legislation on Monday.  Wisconsin became the 25th state in the country to enact such a measure. Calling the legislation “Freedom to Work,”  Walker justified the middle class bashing...
Mar
2015
5

MN’s GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.’s to Relocate to His State

MN's GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.'s to Relocate to His State
  Minnesota jobs committee chair Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) has extended an invitation to two Wisconsin companies whose owners testified against “Right-to-Work.”  Officials from road construction companies Hoffman Construction of Black River Falls and Rock Road Companies of Janesville testified in front of the Wisconsin Senate...
Mar
2015
2

WI Biz Lobby Claims Employers Pay for 95% of Construction Training; Politifact Shoots Them Down

WI Biz Lobby Claims Employers Pay for 95% of Construction Training; Politifact Shoots Them Down
  A recent “Right-to-Work” panel discussion hosted by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Press Club devolved into a fact-checking dog fight and Politifact answered the call .  Participating in the panel were Kurt Bauer, leader of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (a massive business lobby), and Steve Lyons, a spokesman...
Feb
2015
27

Scott Walker Slammed for Comparing Union Members to ISIS. Even Rick Perry is In On the Action.

Scott Walker Slammed for Comparing Union Members to ISIS. Even Rick Perry is In On the Action.
  Honeymoon’s over, Scooter. Wisconsin’s full-time presidential candidate and part-time governor, Scott Walker, may have eclipsed the inanity of his evolution punt and ‘Obama might not be Christian’ moments by yesterday comparing Wisconsin protestors to ISIS. The incredible blunder during his CPAC remarks has even...
Feb
2015
23

Former GOP Leader Slams Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Fast Tracking; $5.8B of Income Could Be Lost; Pair of Major AFL-CIO Rallies Planned

Former GOP Leader Slams Walker's
  On Friday, Wisconsin Republicans called for a special session to pass “Right-to-Work” legislation. The bill has been ‘fast-tracked’ by Governor Scott Walker, meaning the public will be unable to comment on the anti-worker bill.  Not surprisingly, given the nature of Wisconsin politics, the “Right-to-Work” bill being...
Feb
2015
20

Wage-ing War: Worker Attacks Continue in the Midwest with Introduction of WI Prevailing Wage Repeal

Wage-ing War: Worker Attacks Continue in the Midwest with Introduction of WI Prevailing Wage Repeal
  In the Wisconsin state legislature a host of Republicans have introduced a bill that would eliminate prevailing wage requirements for private contractors on public works projects.  The bill would leave intact language in the state’s law which bars local governments from setting their own prevailing wage.  The bill is also being...
Feb
2015
4

Poll by GOP Firm: 88% of Likely WI Voters Don’t Think “Right-to-Work” Would Benefit Them

Poll by GOP Firm: 88% of Likely WI Voters Don't Think
  New polling from a firm The New York Times calls “the leading Republican polling company” in the country shows that anti-union legislation such as “Right-to-Work” and prevailing wage repeal are unpopular among likely voters and not seen as a top priority.  The numbers come from Public Opinion Strategies, which asked 600...
Jan
2015
21

Wisconsin Becomes 20th State to Sign DOL’s Employee Misclassification Memorandum

  The U.S. Department of Labor has announced its signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Department, the latest in a string of such deals aimed at preventing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The MOU allows both agencies to better share information and coordinate...
Jan
2015
15

Wisconsin Teachers Use Legal Loophole in Act 10 to Get Their Union Back

Wisconsin Teachers Use Legal Loophole in Act 10 to Get Their Union Back
  Part of the anti-union power of Wisconsin’s contentious Act 10 bill is that it forces all school district collective bargaining units to recertify on an annual basis, before December 1 of a given year.  This means that 51 percent of all eligible voters — not only those who participate in a vote — must [&hellip...