Wisconsin unions fight collective-bargaining limits with lawsuit

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Two chapters of the Operating Engineers of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit Friday naming Gov. Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel, claiming Act 10 violates their freedom of speech and freedom of association rights. > Courthouse News Service

State activists gather at Capitol to fight for workers’ rights

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Over 150 people converged on the Capitol Square Saturday for the Working People’s Day of Action, with protesters’ signs carrying slogans like “Stop the War on Workers” and “Unrig the System,” while some held banners for progressive groups like the International Socialist Organization and the Poor People’s Campaign. > Daily Cardinal

Softened bill banning local employment laws adds Foxconn exemption

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The Assembly early this morning voted 58-32 along party lines on a bill that would prohibit municipalities from creating their own local labor laws, but without the provision that would have prohibited local discrimination ordinances. The bill also included a new amendment on areas of the bill that will not apply to Foxconn. > WisPolitics.com

Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs delay in releasing union records

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Wisconsin labor officials can withhold voters’ names while union elections are underway, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. Protecting voters from intimidation, harassment and coercion outweighs the public interest in disclosing the names before the elections conclude, the court said in a 5-2 decision. > AP News

State Republicans mull limiting pro-worker local ordinances

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Business and labor clashed Wednesday over a Republican bill that would prevent local governments in Wisconsin from enacting a variety of ordinances pertaining to employment matters, including limits on working hours, overtime, benefits, and discrimination and wage claims. > AP News

Lawmakers put growing workforce crisis front and center at legislative hearing

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Responding to a growing workforce shortage in Wisconsin, state lawmakers are calling for more legislative action to expedite worker training and attract more people to the state. On Friday the Assembly and Senate workforce committees held a joint informational hearing on the topic with testimony from a dozen invited speakers. > Wisconsin State Journal