Supreme Court ruling affects cops and firefighters, but not other Wisconsin public workers


A Wednesday ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court hammers many public employee unions across the country but has a limited effect in Wisconsin, where Act 10 had already greatly diminished union powers. Only Wisconsin police officers and firefighters will be newly affected by this week’s ruling. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Union leaders rallying for Mitchell say this time is different

Embracing the label of “union boss,” state firefighters president and Democratic candidate for governor Mahlon Mitchell rallied organized labor supporters Monday, urging them to unite to elect him in August and then defeat Gov. Scott Walker. > AP News

Wisconsin unions fight collective-bargaining limits with lawsuit


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


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


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. >

Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs delay in releasing union records


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