“The world is increasingly on fire, literally and figuratively,” says host Allen Ruff at the beginning of today’s episode. So let’s talk about it! This afternoon, we opened up the phone lines to hear from listeners about their own observations and concerns about our world-on-fire. Callers weighed in on newsworthy topics like the political crisis […]
Since the passage of Act 10 in 2011, public sector employees in Wisconsin have had limited collective bargaining abilities and unions have weakened power to advocate for their members. How has the labor movement in Wisconsin responded over the last eight years? To explore this history, Allen is joined in the studio by labor historian […]
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week about a case that labor leaders say would weaken unions. But some unions in Wisconsin think a ruling in that case could help them overturn Act 10. That’s at the root of a lawsuit operating engineers unions Local 139 and 420 filed over the weekend. These […]
Tuesday host Carousel Bayrd speaks with current Representative and gubernatorial candidate Dana Wachs. In his interview, Wachs emphasized the importance of environmental issues to the state of Wisconsin, including hunting rights, CAFOs, water quality, high capacity wells and Foxconn. Other topics discussed include the consequences of Act 10 and educational policy.
When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker proposed repealing collective bargaining for public workers in 2011, or as he put it, “dropped the bomb,” he knew there would be a backlash. Even Walker though had to be surprised at the ferocity and intensity of the protests his Act 10 unleashed. What started as a Teaching Assistants Association […]
The final Wisconsin job numbers from 2016 are in, and Governor Walker’s promise of 250,000 private sector jobs remains unfulfilled. Marquette economics professor Abdur Chowdhury spoke with Tony Castaneda about the data, the state’s “brain drain”, and the impact of Walker’s labor policies.