$$ Voting Made Easy: Empowering the 99%

Voting with your dollars

I’m about to buy a lawn mower, but I don’t want my money used to attack Wisconsin workers and families. There are several lists of companies to avoid when making purchasing decisions, such as companies led by people who gave big donations directly to the Walker campaign. Buying local is usually a wise decision, but more »

Let’s Sway Responsibly


This past year, I have been a frequent participant in the Solidarity Sing Along protests held every weekday in or just outside the Wisconsin Capitol. One of the songs we sing is “Bring Back Wisconsin to Me”, sung to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”, with new lyrics by Lou and Peter more »

About WEAC and Kathleen Falk


I am not endorsing any candidate for Governor of Wisconsin right now because I think it’s still too early. Would you listen to me anyway? I could enjoy delusions of grandeur but I’m not a heavy hitter like Wisconsin’s union for education staff, WEAC. I have about 4,100 followers on twitter. WEAC has over 98,000 more »

Solidarity and protest in Pennsylvania led to U.S. State Dept. crackdown on abuse of foreign student workers.

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Once in a while we get a flash of good news for worker rights. From AFLCIO’s blog: “…this week the U.S. State Department announced that it will make major revisions to a guest-worker and cultural exchange visa program and barred participation by a major player in the program, the Council for Educational Travel, USA (CETUSA).” more »

“Right to Work” for Less Now Law in Indiana


The protest video above was shot during the governor’s state of the state address on January 10, 2012. There’s nothing quite like watching protest video to get this wonk’s attention. It’s heart warming to see democracy in action. Since last year the people in Indiana have gained a special place in my heart. To refresh more »

Walker Administration Finds New Excuse For Job Losses

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary national employment numbers today for the month of November. Once again, Wisconsin leads the way in job losses – 14,600 jobs lost after adjusting for seasonal factors. From the BLS report: The largest over-the-month statistically significant declines in employment occurred in Wisconsin (-14,600) and Minnesota (-13,700). more »

Walker, Fitzgerald Attempt Smokescreens While Recall Succeeds and Job Creation Fails

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Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Governor Scott Walker each yelled “squirrel” today, attempting to distract the hounds that are getting close to recalling Walker. Fitzgerald spewed some nonsense about restructuring the non-partisan Government Accountability Board (GAB), the agency that oversees elections in Wisconsin. He also introduced a bill to make signing a recall petition more more »

Brokaw Paper Mill to Close, 450 Jobs Eliminated.


The Wausau Daily Herald is reporting that Wausau Paper will be closing a paper mill in Brokaw, Wisconsin by March 31st of next year. About 450 employees will lose their jobs. The paper quoted Dave Eckmann, the economic development director for the Marathon County Development Corporation: The closure is expected to ripple throughout the Wausau more »

Wisconsin Leads Nation in Total Jobs Lost in October


I reported last week that the state of Wisconsin lost 9,700 jobs in the month of October, based on figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The Secretary of the DWD placed the blame for the losses on challenges in the national and global economies. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) more »

Governor Walker, Wausau Mayor Arrange $2.7 Million in Corporate Welfare to Buy 200 Jobs


Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker were on hand in Wausau Monday morning as the CEO of Collaborative Consulting, Bill Robichaud, announced plans for his company to locate 200 new jobs in Wausau over the next two years. Collaborative Consulting is based in Massachusetts and their CEO made the announcement after conducting more »

The REAL story behind the Madison Prep Academy Proposal? Helping “At Risk” Kids is a Cover for Union-Busting


Madison’s proposed Preparatory Academy is making some new changes to their plans for the all-girls and all-boys charter schools Now it comes out that the prep school backers want to use non-union teachers & staff. In journalism school, this is called “burying the lede.” The real story here is union busting as an excuse for more »

Ohio gets sanity ball rolling, Walker next to ‘bounce’


In The News Ohio gets sanity ball rolling, Walker next to ‘bounce’ Helping the victory in Ohio were Wisconsin AFL-CIO leaders Phil Neuenfeldt and Stephanie Bloomingdale, here with National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka By Dominique Paul NothEditor, Labor PressPosted Nov. 0 The United States’ first step back to sanity took place November 8 — most more »

Another Dept. of Workforce Development Secretary Abandons Ship


The latest high-level political appointee to ditch unpopular Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is Scott Baumbach, who resigned today from his position as head of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Baumbach’s replacement will be Reggie Newson, most recently the DWD’s deputy secretary and a former employee in the Department of Transportation during Democratic Governor Jim more »

Wisconsin Continues To Shed Jobs Under Walker

Seriously? Walker tried to dine 1 block from the Capitol?

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released preliminary September employment statistics yesterday. The DWD is probably running out of lipstick to apply to their pig-ugly numbers, which have grown worse every month since Scott Walker was sworn in as governor. This month they were able to root through the slop, however, and find that more »