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Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address
Wisconsin Republicans have reached an agreement which will allow them to pass a budget for 2015-2017 after a week of contentious infighting over prevailing wage reforms and funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena. The budget deal will still need to clear the Senate, where a group of conservatives are using their budget vote to push for prevailing wage repeal. Even as he announced the budget deal, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald acknowledged that the votes aren’t there in the Senate to pass it.
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Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”
In a brief letter to the editor of the New York Times, North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey explained that “Right-to-Work” results in a drop in skilled labor. He questions the idea of attracting businesses to Wisconsin by thwarting workers, suggesting, “Companies and whole industries from Texas to Florida are having to look North for the skilled craft professionals needed to get these projects done safely and efficiently, because the training infrastructure in that region has gone away.” The op-ed appears in its entirety below.
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AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and two unions have filed a lawsuit seeking both temporary and permanent injunctions against the “Right-to-Work” legislation signed into law on Monday by Governor Scott Walker. The lawsuit names Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and members of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission as defendants.
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Dane County and Madison Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison 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 did the same.
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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 'Aimed at Limiting Voting by Minorities'
Judge William Posner, a conservative jurist for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and once promoter of voter ID laws, lambasted Wisconsin's restrictive and racist attempt to – in the state's words – "combat fraud."
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Remember Scott Walker: Michelle Obama Rally Serves as Reminder of Last Time Wisconsin Slept at Midterms

 Remember Scott Walker: Michelle Obama Rally Serves as Reminder of Last Time Wisconsin Slept at Midterms
First Lady Michelle Obama was in Milwaukee on Monday at a campaign rally for Democratic candidate for governor, Mary Burke, urging Dems to snap out of it and catch Midterm Fever! *jazz hands*
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In Post-Acr 10 Wisconsin, Madison Teachers Receive Whopping 0.25% Raise

In Post-Acr 10 Wisconsin, Madison Teachers Receive Whopping 0.25% Raise
In their continuing fight for post-Act 10 rights, Madison Teachers Inc. has ratified a contract with the Madison Metropolitan School board for 2015-2016. Both the board and the teachers wanted to get the deal in place before the State Supreme Court rules on the union’s complaint over local bargaining rights. The contract will give the teachers a 0.25 percent raise.
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Openly Incredulous Judge Questions Anti-Abortion Doc in Clinic Restriction Case

Openly Incredulous Judge Questions Anti-Abortion Doc in Clinic Restriction Case
In an unusual courtroom interaction, Wisconsin Judge William Conley openly questioned a witness' testimony. The witness, a doctor, was advocating for the more stringent abortion clinic restrictions just passed in the state, but stayed by Conley until the conclusion of the case.
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On Question of Act 10′s Popularity, WI Gov. Walker Again Deemed Misinformer-in-Chief

On Question of Act 10′s Popularity, WI Gov. Walker Again Deemed Misinformer-in-Chief
Politifact has determined that comments made earlier this month by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker concerning public support for the anti-union Act 10 are false. During an April 1st radio interview with WISN-AM, Walker claimed that a poll taken “a few months” ago showed public support for his landmark anti-union legislation was at “70 percent or higher.” The fact checkers disgree, however, finding that the poll in question was taken in early 2012 and the results were not what the governor had claimed.
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As WI Gov Eyes Presidency, Tea Party Favorite Realizes He May Need College Degree

As WI Gov Eyes Presidency, Tea Party Favorite Realizes He May Need College Degree
Far right WI Governor Scott Walker is contemplating finishing the college degree he walked away from decades ago. Many suspect the Governor feels he needs the degree before making a bid in the Republican primaries for the Presidency in 2016.
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