Archive for the ‘WISCONSIN’ Category

Dec
2014
8

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10
  Following Wisconsin’s passage of Act 10, union-friendly Dane County prolonged public sector union contracts as long as it could to avoid the legislation’s anti-worker effects.  The city of Madison, located in Dane County, did the same.  However, those contracts will end on December 13th for the county and December 31st for the...
Dec
2014
4

Tunes They Are A-Changin’: WI GOP Begins “Right-to-Work” Rollout After Suggesting It Wouldn’t

Tunes They Are A-Changin': WI GOP Begins
  Wisconsin State Rep. Chris Kapenga has announced that he will introduce a “Right-to-Work” bill in the upcoming legislative session.  The move comes just days after a former Americans for Prosperity associate, Lorri Pickens, announced a new organization, “Wisconsin Right to Work.”.  Rep. Kapenga says he does not know exactly when...
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Nov
2014
13

The Jury Is Out on Scott Walker’s Actual Chances of Becoming President

The Jury Is Out on Scott Walker's Actual Chances of Becoming President
  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker won his third election in four years this month, emboldening him in a crowded 2016 GOP presidential primary and putting union members across the country on edge about what such a presidency would mean for their livelihood.  Walker defeated Democrat Mary Burke with 52 percent of the vote. Gov. Walker [&hellip...
Oct
2014
27

Slew of Violations Result in Fines Following Fires at Hazardous Chemicals Plant in WI

Slew of Violations Result in Fines Following Fires at Hazardous Chemicals Plant in WI
  The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) has announced that a May inspection of Quest Specialty Coatings in Menomonee Falls, WI resulted in the issuing of eight safety violations and $132,000 of proposed penalties.  The inspection was conducted after OSHA received a complaint about three separate fires at the facility.  Of...
Oct
2014
23

“Money Is More Important for Men,” Says WI Candidate Who Will Likely Win a House of Reps Seat

  Right Wing Watch (RWW) has released their list of five GOP extremists that could be heading to Congress next year and on that list is everyone’s favorite anti-union Wisconsinite, Glenn Grothman. Grothman is running for Congress in the 6th district where he has been unable to get the endorsement of the outgoing Republican.   Speaking...
Oct
2014
15

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is “Aimed at Limiting Voting by Minorities”

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is
  In his 30-page opinion conservative Judge Richard A. Posner last week dismantled the Republican argument for Voter ID laws after hearing the Wisconsin Voter ID law case as part of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The law was eventually shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2007 Posner, a Reagan appointee, wrote [&hellip...
Oct
2014
14

Few Surprises in WI’s First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare

Few Surprises in WI's First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare
  On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke participated in the first of two planned debates. They touched on subjects as disparate as the minimum wage and abortion just one month before the general election.  For Walker, much of the debate was spent defending his first controversial term in office....
Sep
2014
26

“Why Do You Work if You Don’t Have Money?” Worker Groups Make Creative Claim that Wisconsin Should Raise the Minimum Wage

  On Wednesday, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Wisconsin Working Families, and 100 low wage workers submitted over 100 formal complaints to Governor Scott Walker hoping to use a little-known clause in state law to force him to raise the minimum wage.  The clause states that the state’s minimum wage “shall not be less than a living [&hellip...
Sep
2014
22

WI State Rep. Candidate Called Out by Union Opponent for “History of Hiding from Communities”

WI State Rep. Candidate Called Out by Union Opponent for
  After skipping out on a long-scheduled forum last week, Wisconsin state senate hopeful Van Wanggaard is being labeled “the cowardly candidate” by left-leaning political bloggers.  Wanggaard is the Republican candidate in the 21st Senate district race facing Democrat Randy Bryce, a union iron worker.   If Wanggaard’s name sounds...
Aug
2014
5

Walker, Burke Spar on Outsourcing as List of Co’s Who Took Incentives and Shipped Jobs Grows

  As the Wisconsin gubernatorial race heats up, outsourcing is becoming an increasingly hot topic. Now, revelations about companies receiving tax incentives only to outsource jobs at a later date are turning up the heat further: In the last decade, at least 25 companies with Wisconsin operations have both been awarded state funding and...
Aug
2014
1

Act 10 Was Upheld in Wisconsin. May We All Bask in the Glow of the Dissenting Opinion.

  You’ve seen the (bad) news. Scott Walker’s trademark anti-union law, Act 10, was upheld by the state Supreme Court yesterday. No surprise there considering the court’s party affiliation, though the finality of the matter packs a bit more gut-punch this time around. So let’s all gather ’round the middle class...
Jul
2014
29

Long Trek: Mary Burke Surging in WI Gov Polls, but Dems Shouldn’t Be too Excited (Yet)

Long Trek: Mary Burke Surging in WI Gov Polls, but Dems Shouldn't Be too Excited (Yet)
  The latest polling from Marquette University Law School shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker virtually tied with his democratic challenger, Mary Burke, in the leadup to the November election.  Analysis shows that among registered voters Walker holds a 46-45 lead, but ‘voters most likely to participate in the election’ give Burke a...