Collective Bargaining

Andy Stenz

Gov. Scott Walker sparked outcry in a news conference February 11, 2011. That's when he announced Act 10. It ended public union rights, except the ability to bargain for limited wage increases. Fire and police unions were spared.

"We have to reform the wage and benefit process here in the state of Wisconsin," Walker said.

Walker argued for Act 10, saying it would help the state control spending and reduce debt.

Andy Stenz

The president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says it “has a score to settle” with Gov. Scott Walker.

Barack Obama will be back in Milwaukee on Monday.

Peter Gorman, flickr

A Madison judge has found Wisconsin labor relations officials in contempt of court for continuing to enforce portions of Gov. Walker's collective bargaining restrictions.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas issued his ruling against the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission following a hearing Monday.

Colas ruled last year the restrictions were unconstitutional as applied to two unions representing Madison teachers and Milwaukee public workers.

Andy Stenz

Gov. Walker raised eyebrows Monday, when he indicated he might consider curbing the power of police and firefighter unions.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Gov. Scott Walker says other states should consider emulating Wisconsin in curbing the power of public unions. He also hinted he's open to doing the same to police and firefighter unions.

UW Press

A new book gives a behind-the-scenes look at Governor Walker's administration during the collective bargaining fight.

Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to end collective bargaining rights for state employees has sparked protests – a labor relations expert tells us what’s at stake. Cheryl Maranto is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Management at the Marquette University College of Business Administration. She spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.