labor

Economy & Business
4:41 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Voces de la Frontera Finds Workers' Rights, Immigration Reform Linked

Palermo's workers on strike protest on May Day.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews writer Kurt Chandler about Voces de la Frontera's founder Christine Neumann-Ortiz.

The future of immigration reform at the federal level remains in doubt, stalled in the House of Representatives, where key Republican leaders oppose the package backed by the Senate.

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Economy & Business
9:39 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Caterpillar and Union Set to Start Negotiations in Early April

Caterpillar and union ready to bargain.
Credit Mark Sardella, Flickr

In less than a week, contract negotiations will begin at Caterpillar in South Milwaukee. The talks will be the first since the company took over former Bucyrus International in 2010.

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Economy & Business
10:36 am
Fri March 1, 2013

MATC Union Says Early Contract Will Deter Instructors from Retiring

Faculty contracts in place until Feb. of 2015.

Earlier this week, the MATC Board and its teachers union reached a new one-year contract – months ahead of schedule. The pact takes effect next February, when the existing three-year contract expires.

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Economy & Business
2:53 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

MATC and Union Sign New Contract - Months Earlier Than Usual

MATC contract features concessions and concerns.
Credit Dave Reid, Flickr

The MATC Board and its faculty union agreed to a new one-year contract this week, set to take effect in 2014, when their existing three-year pact expires.

What makes the deal noteworthy is the fact it happened months earlier than usual and while courts consider challenges to Act 10. That relatively new state law prohibits most public unions from negotiating for anything except limited pay increases.

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Economy & Business
1:03 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Milwaukee Caterpillar Workers Watching Labor Dispute in Illinois

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Workers at the Caterpillar factory in South Milwaukee are closely watching a labor dispute at the company plant in Illinois. Caterpillar employees in Joliet have been on strike for three months. The company is seeking steep wage and pension concessions, and the union representing nearly 800 workers refuses to accept the demands. WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on speculation that the outcome of the dispute could be a bellwether for labor relations across the country.

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Economy & Business
8:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Wisconsin Once a Leader in Creating Public Unions, Now in Weakening Them

Ken Germanson next to historical marker at the corner of Russell and Superior in Bay View.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO held a pro labor rally in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The event was part of a statewide tour that will end in Madison on Saturday, to mark the one-year anniversary of Governor Walker restricting collective bargaining rights for public workers.

As WUWM’s Bob Bach reports, Wisconsin is at the forefront of retracting public union gains that opponents insist went too far, while the state was once a leader in creating worker protections.

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