Archive for the ‘WISCONSIN’ Category

May
2015
13

Brave GOP Rep Votes With Dems in Committee to Halt WI Prevailing Wage Repeal (For Now)

Brave GOP Rep Votes With Dems in Committee to Halt WI Prevailing Wage Repeal (For Now)
  Prevailing wage has become thee hot-button labor topic in the private sector this year, with Republicans in multiple states attempting to repeal the important worker protection. But in recently famous anti-union Wisconsin, the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform has voted against recommending a bill which would have repealed the...
Apr
2015
24

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI
  The Wisconsin GOP is waiting impatiently to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, meaning workers rights organizations and their affiliates are scrambling to convince the public just how devastating such a change would be. A new study from University of Utah professor Dr. Peter Philips could help, as it provides fresh analysis that...
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Apr
2015
14

Compromise?! The Wisconsin GOP? Nahhhhhh…. (Prevailing Wage Edition)

Compromise?! The Wisconsin GOP? Nahhhhhh.... (Prevailing Wage Edition)
  As the Wisconsin GOP moves forward with an attempt to repeal the prevailing wage, a new argument is afoot, one that wants reforms rather than repeal.  The labor movement and Democrats remain opposed to unnecessary tampering of any sort, and may not be too keen on these reforms. But there must be at least [&hellip...
Apr
2015
3

Right-Wing Lobbyists Look to Oust WI Supreme Court Justice, Upend Gov Walker John Doe Investigation

Right-Wing Lobbyists Look to Oust WI Supreme Court Justice, Upend Gov Walker John Doe Investigation
  The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) lobby has made a major $600,000 ad buy in support of a constitutional amendment which would change the way the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court is selected.  For 126 years, the senior member of the State Supreme Court has been named the Chief Justice.  But the [&hellip...
Mar
2015
31

Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal

Anti-Union Assoc. Builders & Contractors Release Dubious Study Supporting WI Prevailing Wage Repeal
  With “Right-to-Work” in the rear view, Wisconsin Republicans are winding up to repeal the prevailing wage — the law that ensures fair pay for construction workers — and a newly released report from the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA) could factor...
Mar
2015
27

REPORT: Coordinated Effort to Destroy the Prevailing Wage Being Lead by None Other than ALEC

REPORT: Coordinated Effort to Destroy the Prevailing Wage Being Lead by None Other than ALEC
  Across the country, Republican legislators (and West Virginia’s governor) are pushing legislation to repeal or drastically alter prevailing wage requirements for construction projects. The effort has felt uncharacteristically coordinated since November’s elections, considering how long-standing many of these laws are. The...
Mar
2015
27

John Doe Documents Reveal $1.8M in Tax Credits Awarded to Prime Scott Walker Dark Money Donor

John Doe Documents Reveal $1.8M in Tax Credits Awarded to Prime Scott Walker Dark Money Donor
  A recent article from Yahoo! Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff reveals that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker accepted nearly $1.5 million in dark money from one of the state’s richest men during the lead up to his 2012 recall election. In turn, his company has been granted favors that include $1.8 million in tax credits. ...
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...
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...