Archive for the ‘WISCONSIN’ Category

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...
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Jan
2015
7

300 Private Sector Businesses Align Against Potential Wisconsin “Right-to-Work” Law

300 Private Sector Businesses Align Against Potential Wisconsin
  As Wisconsin Republicans attempt to build momentum for the formal introduction of “Right-to-Work” legislation, a group representing over 300 private businesses is speaking out against the anti-worker move.  The Wisconsin Contractor Coalition (WCC) announced Monday that it would defeat “Right-to-Work” if it is brought before the...
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...
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...