Labor & Worker Rights Category Archive


  • Report: Union Decline Leveling Off in Wisconsin; Remaining Unions Seem Resilient

    “Because of Act 10, being in a union still means something, but it also completely obliterated collective bargaining,” said Analiese Eicher.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 11/21/2019
  • April 2 Is Pay Equity Day in Wisconsin

    Marking the day women would, on average, have to work until to equal the wage earned by a man in calendar year 2018.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/02/2019
  • Scott Walker Broke the Unions. Now He Says He’s the ‘education Governor’

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker became a conservative icon by breaking the teachers union in Wisconsin. Seven years later, he’s facing the political fight of his life against the state schools superintendent, and...

    Politico, 07/31/2018
  • New State Data: Post-Act 10, Teachers’ Health Care Costs Soared

    Wisconsin school districts ratcheted up health care costs on teachers and other employees after the state’s Act 10 collective bargaining changes, with the average district now requiring teachers to pay about 12...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 07/03/2018
  • Supreme Court Tilts Scales Even Further in Favor of Corporations and Against Workers

    Donald Trump and the Republicans have used a stolen Supreme Court seat to steal the rights of workers.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/27/2018
  • Scott Walker: The Pay Inequality Governor

    While Wisconsin Women Earned Less Than Men, Scott Walker and GOP Repealed State Equal Pay Law.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/10/2018
  • Michael Screnock’s Candidacy Not Thing to Celebrate on International Women’s Day

    We must acknowledge the work left to do to achieve gender equality and the challenges to overcome, like men such as Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/08/2018
  • Unions Sue to Overturn Wisconsin Collective Bargaining law

    Two Wisconsin labor union locals are suing to overturn Gov. Scott Walker’s signature collective bargaining law. Locals 139 and 420 of the Operating Engineers of Wisconsin say Act 10 violates their rights...

    Los Angeles Times, 02/26/2018
  • Labor Unions File Lawsuit Alleging Walker’s Act 10 Violates Free Speech Rights

    Two Wisconsin chapters of a labor union have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to invalidate Act 10, the signature piece of legislation from Gov. Scott Walker. The lawsuit, filed by the Operating...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/25/2018
  • One Wisconsin Now Joins With Worker Advocates Opposing Efforts to Weaken Wisconsin Laws Protecting Wisconsin Families

    One Wisconsin Now today joined with advocates for Wisconsin families in opposing measures that would undermine current protections in state law for workers.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/05/2018
  • Union Bosses

    SCOTT WALKER: The Big Government Union bosses are back. Remember? We took their power away and gave it to the hard-working taxpayers. Now, we’ve got a bigger fight than ever. Stand with...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/30/2018
  • Civil Service Overhaul Heads to Scott Walker’s Desk After Senate Passage

    The state Senate has voted to remake Wisconsin’s civil service system, enabling a supportive Gov. Scott Walker to sign the measure – the latest far-reaching change to rules governing the state workforce....

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/21/2018
  • Wisconsin Mulls Limiting Pro-worker Local Ordinances

    Business and labor clashed Wednesday over a Republican bill that would prevent local governments in Wisconsin from enacting a variety of ordinances pertaining to employment matters, including limits on working hours, overtime,...

    Chicago Tribune, 01/10/2018
  • Fewer Than Half of Wisconsin School Districts Have Certified Teachers Unions

    Six years after Gov. Scott Walker and state Republicans made labor unions’ ability to retain members much more difficult, fewer than half of the state’s 422 school districts have certified unions.

    WiscNews.com, 12/31/2017
  • Labor Secretary: Wisconsin Needs to Raise Its Minimum Wage

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has criticized efforts to raise the minimum wage, saying he wants jobs that pay above the minimum wage. “I’m not going to repeal it,” Walker told the Milwaukee...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/19/2017
  • Right Wing-Funded Attack on Workers to Be Heard by U.S. Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear a case being promoted and underwritten by right-wing special interests as part of their ongoing attacks on workers.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/29/2017
  • Gov. Greitens Signs Bill Allowing Lower Wages on Public Projects in Missouri

    “We’ve sent a very clear message and that is that Missouri is open for business,” Greitens said at a signing ceremony in an Earth City retooling plant, where he was flanked by...

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 05/31/2017
  • Greitens Signs Bill Scrapping Union Requirements With Wisconsin Governor Looking on

    Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday signed legislation banning local governments from giving preferential treatment to union contractors on public construction projects. And sharing the stage with him when he signed it was...

    Kansas City Star, 05/30/2017
  • Budget Committee Rescues Labor Review Panel

    The Legislature’s finance committee chose Thursday to preserve the state commission that decides workplace disputes, rejecting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to eliminate it and have his administration issue labor rulings instead. The...

    Associated Press, 05/18/2017
  • Video: Indiana GOP Leader Admits Repealing Prevailing Wage ‘Hasn’t Saved a Penny’

    A video has surfaced of Ed Soliday angrily reveals that similar legislation passed in Indiana which went into effect in 2015 “hasn’t saved a penny.”

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/02/2017
  • Campaigning With Jean Stothert in Omaha, Scott Walker Stirs Up Union Opposition

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker drew a few hundred people to a Monday rally with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert — and a few hundred union members to protest outside the event. Walker, whose...

    Omaha World Herald, 04/26/2017
  • Bill to Repeal State Prevailing Wage Draws Strong Reactions

    Republican state lawmakers say eliminating prevailing wage requirements for workers on public projects would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, while Democrats and unions say it would send skilled workers...

    Associated Press, 04/24/2017
  • Scott Walker Deals Another Blow to Big Labor in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation that prevents local governments from requiring contractors to hire union labor for publicly funded construction projects. Walker signed the legislation, which passed along party lines...

    Daily Signal, 04/18/2017
  • Walker Signs Into Law Bill Banning Required Labor Agreements

    Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that prohibits local governments from requiring contractors working on public projects to use collective bargaining agreements. The governor signed the bill into law Monday at...

    WPR, 04/17/2017
  • Governor Walker Signs Project Labor Agreement Legislation Into Law

    Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 3 into law today at Amerilux International, LLC in De Pere. The bill promotes neutrality in the bidding process for public works projects as well as...

    Urban Milwaukee, 04/17/2017
  • Gender Wage Gap Means Steeper Student Loan Debt Burden for Women

    The gender pay gap highlighted today also means greater student loan debt burdens for women as a percentage of their income and longer repayment terms.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/04/2017
  • Scott Walker: ‘Overwhelming Majority’ of School Districts Would Get Proposed New Funding

    The comments come after Kim Eparvier, superintendent of the Peshtigo School District, told the Wisconsin State Journal that Walker’s proposal tie the proposed $649 million in new funding to a fixed percentage...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/01/2017
  • Reflecting on the Legacy of Act 10, As Trump Considers Shaking Up Federal Workforce

    President Donald Trump wants to slash the federal workforce, according to the Washington Post. It reports that Trump is preparing to announce the biggest cuts in decades, believing the government employs too...

    WUWM-FM, 03/15/2017
  • Veterans Oppose Gov. Walker’s Proposed Repeal of Prevailing Wage law

    The American Legion is warning Republicans that eliminating the prevailing wage on state projects could cost hundreds of veterans their jobs in the construction industry. The prevailing wage law sets minimum salaries...

    Associated Press, 02/22/2017
  • Gov. Walker Weighs in to Support Attack on Worker Rights in Iowa

    A public hearing on the bill Monday attracted thousands to Des Moines, mostly voicing their displeasure with the legislation. While protesters filled the Capitol Rotunda, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, spoke...

    The Hawk Eye, 02/16/2017
  • Gov. Walker Proposes Eliminating Labor Dispute Resolution Commission

    A state panel that handles thousands of disputes between employers and employees each year — and whose roots date back more than a century — would be abolished under a provision of...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/09/2017
  • White House Interested in Wisconsin Union Law, Scott Walker Says

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he spoke with Vice President Mike Pence about how the White House can implement on a federal level parts of the Republican governor’s contentious policy...

    Chicago Business, 02/02/2017
  • Gov. Walker Effort to Stop State Coverage of Gender Reassignment Surgery Succeeds

    The state on Wednesday halted insurance coverage of gender reassignment surgery for transgender state workers, noting that a federal judge blocked federal rules requiring such coverage. Covering gender reassignment surgery and related...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/02/2017
  • Rexnord Workers Caught in Trump Vs. Union War of Words

    “Tax credits are the government putting their finger on the scale,” said Jenni Dye, research director for One Wisconsin Now, a liberal public policy group in Madison.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/09/2016
  • Rep. Ed Brooks Gives Wisconsin Women ‘A Lot of Reasons’ to Question His Agenda

    When asked about equal pay, Brooks said, “If you dig down, there may be a lot of reasons why a man is getting paid more than a woman.”

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/25/2016
  • Ross And Esenberg Discuss New Report On Act 10

    Scot Ross refuted a report that found there have been few impacts on the state's education workforce since the act's passage.

    Wisconsin Public Television, 06/24/2016
  • Gov. Scott Walker: Despite Doom-and-gloom Rhetoric, We Didn’t Eliminate UW Tenure

    We eliminated the “job for life” guarantee tenure once provided for faculty regardless of performance. Now we are asking for accountability and flexibility to add value to our university system. As for...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/24/2016
  • Right-to-work Is Back on the Books in Wisconsin, at Least Temporarily.

    Late Tuesday, a state court of appeals judge granted Attorney General Brad Schimel’s request to reinstate the law while the appeals court decides whether it’s constitutional. The ruling was issued by Lisa...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/23/2016
  • Scott Walker Blasts Professors As UW-Milwaukee Faculty Vote ‘no Confidence’ in Leaders

    UW-Milwaukee became the fourth University of Wisconsin System campus to see professors declare they have no confidence in UW’s leaders Tuesday, in a vote that prompted Gov. Scott Walker to weigh in...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/10/2016
  • CEO Meeusen Could Reap $8.4 Million If Badger Meter Is Sold

    Reacting to news of the possibility of a sale of Badger Meter, liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now said in a news release that research in other states has shown that when right-to-work is enacted, the result is lower wages, less health care, fewer resources for schools and less workplace safety.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/05/2016
  • Walker Approves Rule Implementing Unemployment Drug Tests

    Gov. Scott Walker has approved a rule implementing drug screening requirements for unemployment benefits. The rule implements provisions in the state budget. Under the rule, those who fail an employer drug test...

    WMTV-TV, 05/04/2016
  • Scott Walker’s HR Agency Slammed Civil Service Changes in Private Memo

    The personnel agency in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration privately blasted changes to the state’s civil service days after they were proposed, telling his office the overhaul would slow hiring, turn away qualified...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/02/2016
  • Analiese Eicher: Gender Pay Gap Adds to Student Loan Debt Crisis for Wisconsin Women

    Gov. Scott Walker and the people voting for his backward policies are failing Wisconsin women.

    Capital Times, 04/12/2016
  • Court Strikes Down Scott Walker’s Right-To-Work Law As Unconstitutional

    Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he was mounting his run for president, was struck down Friday as violating the state constitution…“We are confident Wisconsin’s freedom-to-work law is...

    Associated Press, 04/06/2016
  • Walker Act 10 Reduces Union Membership, Power

    Mr. Walker led a push five years ago to cut collective bargaining rights for most public sector workers, saying he needed to solve a state budget gap. Since then, union membership has...

    New York Times, 02/27/2016
  • Walker Signs Overhaul of State Civil Service law

    Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation Friday overhauling the state’s century-old system of merit hiring and firing, gaining the first legislative priority he set after calling off his presidential bid last year. Inking...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/12/2016
  • Gov. Scott Walker Divided Wisconsin in 2011, Five Years Later Wisconsin Uniting in Opposition to His Agenda, Disapproval of Job He’s Done

    Today marks the five year anniversary of the introduction of one of Gov. Scott Walker’s most notorious attacks on the working people of Wisconsin.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/11/2016
  • 5 Years After Walker’s Act 10 Union Membership Falls in Wisconsin

    In the five years since Act 10 was signed by Gov. Scott Walker, union membership in Wisconsin has plummeted. In 2015, the number of union members fell well below the national average...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/11/2016