Archive for the ‘WISCONSIN’ Category

Sep
2016
20

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California
  While a federal appeals court continues to meddle in New Jersey’s project labor agreement affairs, the worker-supportive deals a scoring victories elsewhere in the country. In Wisconsin, building trades unions reached agreements on two projects related to the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena. Agreements were reached with J.P. Cullen...
Sep
2016
19

Leaked John Doe Docs Prove to Everyone but Corrupt WI Courts that Gov. Walker Broke the Law

Leaked John Doe Docs Prove to Everyone but Corrupt WI Courts that Gov. Walker Broke the Law
  New documents have emerged that demonstrate the far-reaching influence of corporate cash on American politics, and on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s administration in particular. The John Doe papers, leaked to The Guardian, expose a network of corporations and mega-rich individuals who donate to third-party groups in an effort to...
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Aug
2016
31

Walking on Walker: 11,000 WI Jobs Outsourced Since Formation of Gov’s “Oversight” Agency

Walking on Walker: 11,000 WI Jobs Outsourced Since Formation of Gov's
  No one has ever accused Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) of caring too much about Wisconsin workers. Turns out he doesn’t care all that much about safeguards against corporate outsourcing, either. Under his administration, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporations (WEDC) has dealt with some troublesome outsourcing scandals....
Jul
2016
5

WI Republican Grossly Exaggerates Laborer Salaries in Push for Prevailing Wage Repeal

WI Republican Grossly Exaggerates Laborer Salaries in Push for Prevailing Wage Repeal
  Wisconsin lawmakers are at it again. In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, State Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) claimed that flaggers on state road projects make $100,000 a year. He did so in an attempt to support his call to eliminate the state’s prevailing wage. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, however, it seems...
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...
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...