Archive for the ‘WISCONSIN’ Category

Apr
2016
13

WI “Right-to-Work” Law Thrown Out by Lower Court Just as Higher Court Gets More Conservative

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  A state court judge threw out Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” law in a case brought forward by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists Local Lodge 1061, and United Steelworkers District 2. The ruling sets up a state Supreme Court showdown which will put the entrenched dark money interests that run the state’s political scene on public...
Feb
2016
1

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI

2015 DATA: WI is a Union Membership Cesspool, but Numbers Remained Flat in OH, Rose in MI
  While union membership rates remained unchanged nationally from 2014 to 2015, they dropped significantly in the state of Wisconsin. For the first time in its history, the state fell below the national average.  In 2015, only 8.3 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce paid dues to unions, or a total of 223,000 workers.  In 2014, roughly...
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Jan
2016
26

Crony Crusade: WI Gov. Walker Set to Take Unprecedented Control of Government Hiring

Crony Crusade: WI Gov. Walker Set to Take Unprecedented Control of Government Hiring
  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is set to sign a bill that would revamp the state’s 110-year-old civil service system, in what is being labeled yet another setback for labor. Opponents of the bill believe it will lead to cronyism in government hiring.  The bill passed the Senate on a 19-14 vote.  Following its passage, [&hellip...
Oct
2015
30

Workers’ Romp: WI GOP “Chipping Away at Workers’ Rights” With Devastating New Injury Bill

Workers' Romp: WI GOP
  The concept of workers’ compensation originated in Wisconsin. But if the state’s GOP has its way, the system created in 1911 will be obliterated before the end of 2015.   Wisconsin Reps. John Spiros and Sen Duey Stroebel are expected to jointly introduce a bill to gut workers compensation according to a legislative memo...
Oct
2015
27

Six Walker Associates Guilty in John Doe Cases, So GOP Guts Power of John Doe With New Bill

Six Walker Associates Guilty in John Doe Cases, So GOP Guts Power of John Doe With New Bill
  On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a Republican-backed bill which eliminates many of the tools prosecutors use to investigate political corruption under the state’s John Doe law.  The vote fell on party lines, passing 61-to-36 in the Assembly and 18-to-14 in the Senate.  Prosecutors will no longer be allowed to use the...
Oct
2015
6

Broad Prevailing Wage Fraud Case Results In Less-Than-Federally Recommended Sentence in WI

  A Wisconsin construction owner has been sentenced to two years probation and six months house arrest for his role in a scheme to not pay the prevailing wage. Scott Watry will also pay more than $659,000 in restitution.  Watry had previously paid $1 million in a whistleblower case that led to the conviction. He was [&hellip...
Sep
2015
22

WI GOP Wants to Dismantle Nonpartisan Gov’t Accountability Board Because It’s…Nonpartisan

WI GOP Wants to Dismantle Nonpartisan Gov't Accountability Board Because It's...Nonpartisan
  In an enlightening article for the Huffington Post, Mary Bottari of The Center for Media and Democracy and ALEC Exposed uncovers the efforts of the Wisconsin GOP to dismantle the state’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Board (GAB) and replace it with a more partisan version that would be rendered ineffective.  The uniquely...
Sep
2015
21

WI Manufacturers’ Lobby Opposes New Wage Bill Because “Most Wage Claims are Without Merit”

WI Manufacturers' Lobby Opposes New Wage Bill Because
  Currently before the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform is a bill, SB 5, that would increase penalties for employers who illegally withhold wages from their workers.  Yes, the recently notorious anti-worker legislature of Wisconsin is considering a wage theft measure. Unfortunately, the likely players are taking...
Sep
2015
3

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise

Quit Act 10 Up: AFSCME Overcomes Rogue Milwaukee County Executive for Pay Raise
  The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has won a 1.5 percent cost-of-living wage for Milwaukee County employees despite the efforts of county executive Chris Abele to stunt wage growth.  The union fought for months by placing pressure on Abele through concerned citizens calls to his office.  The raise...
Aug
2015
10

Gerryland > Dairyland: Study Shows Wisconsin Voting Districts are Most Tampered With

Gerryland > Dairyland: Study Shows Wisconsin Voting Districts are Most Tampered With
  A watershed study of the 41 states who have provided full election data since 1970 shows that Wisconsin is the most gerrymandered state.  The study, conducted by Stanford professor Simon Jackson using a model created by University of Chicago Professor of Law Nicholas Stephanopolous, and Eric McGhee, a research fellow at the Public Policy...
Jul
2015
10

Imposing Partial Law: WI GOP Finally Settles on Severity of Prevailing Wage Cuts in New Budget

Imposing Partial Law: WI GOP Finally Settles on Severity of Prevailing Wage Cuts in New Budget
  In a late-night vote this week, the Wisconsin state assembly sent a two-year, $72.7 billion budget to Gov. Scott Walker which partially repeals the prevailing wage but fails to fully repeal it as hardline conservatives desired.  Walker is expected to sign it swiftly so that he can announce his presidential candidacy on Monday with [&hellip...
Jul
2015
6

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address
  Wisconsin Republicans have reached an agreement which will allow them to pass a budget for 2015-2017 after a week of contentious infighting over prevailing wage reforms and funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.   As part of the deal, Republicans agreed to eliminate these issues from the budget itself and instead take up [&hellip...