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Aug 19, 2015

Unions say settlement shows risks of ‘alter egos’

Unions are fighting the practice known as “double-breasting,” when contractors set up a separate non-union company to get around collectively bargained obligations.

Jun 12, 2015

Walker takes on higher education in Wisconsin

Eliminating tenure in state law, as Walker proposed in January and a Republican-controlled legislative committee approved earlier this month, is part of a larger overhaul of higher education policy.

Aug 13, 2014

Burke gives Wisconsin Dems a new approach

Whether mingling on small-town streets, giving radio interviews or appearing at union hall rallies, Wisconsin candidate Mary Burke speaks in measured tones, saying little that stirs the old partisan passions.

Aug 13, 2014

Walker launches ad, says voters have clear choice

Walker touted his record of increasing spending for worker training by more than $100 million in his latest television ad, which featured five people saying they recently got jobs.

Jul 11, 2014

Will ruling upend 2 organizing drives?

The Harris v. Quinn decision will be felt in Minnesota, where two labor groups are working to organize both home care workers and in-home day care workers through a union election.

Jul 29, 2011

GOP gets half a loaf on K-12 priorities

With newly installed Republican majorities in the House and Senate, K-12 education reform became the subject of intense debate this year, a struggle that began in the regular session and continued until just hours before the Legislature convened to pass the package of budget bills that ended the shutdown in July.

May 27, 2011

Business groups remain aligned with GOP budget

As the Republicans and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton persist in a stalemate that could result in a government shutdown, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President David Olson said he’s not getting pushback from his members on the Legislature’s central budget choice: to hold the line on tax increases.

May 27, 2011

Proposal to break off UW-Madison dead

UW-Madison lobbyist Don Nelson said Friday that talks were proceeding with state lawmakers over what new flexibilities the Madison campus can be given to control its budget, set tuition and make other decisions. But he said Walker's proposal that the campus endorsed to create a separate public authority is no longer an option.

Mar 23, 2011

House K-12 budget draws fire from metro legislators

Many Republican candidates from greater Minnesota have hammered constantly on what they called school funding inequities that favored districts in the Twin Cities metro area. But Democrats and urban school advocates are outraged.

Mar 23, 2011

House government bill retrenches on cut levels

Dogged by allegations of politically motivated cuts - and beset by criticisms and questions about some of its funding mechanisms - the House State Government Finance bill has become a controversial and complex affair.

Mar 2, 2011

Wisconsin schools face deep cuts

Gov. Scott Walker is plowing ahead with his full plan for balancing Wisconsin's budget, proposing huge cuts to public schools even as he faces a stalemate over his proposal to strip public workers of collective bargaining rights.

Feb 21, 2011

Unions will rally on Tuesday in support of Wisconsin workers

A little bit of Madison is coming to Minnesota. The Minnesota AFL-CIO is organizing a rally for Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol to show support for public employees in Wisconsin, who have been staging a week-long protest over Gov. Scott Walker's effort to curtail collective bargaining rights.

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