Thousands expected for May Day march in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Workers and activists are marking May Day around the world with marches and rallies for better pay and working conditions. In Wisconsin, buses from around the state will deliver participants to Milwaukee for an immigration march sponsored by Voces de la Frontera and other organizations. Voces de la Frontera executive director Christine […]

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Wisconsin judge hears challenge to homemade bakery ban

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge in Wisconsin, one of only two states that prohibit the sale of home-baked goods, is considering whether such a ban is unconstitutional. New Jersey is the only other state that bans the sale of home-baked cookies, muffins and other items to the public. Current Wisconsin law requires home bakers to […]

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Facing deadline, most Wisconsin dairy farms find new buyer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A dairy group says most of Wisconsin’s 58 dairy farms desperately looking for new milk buyers before a Monday deadline have found them. The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative said in a news release Thursday the group believes most farmers dropped by Grassland Dairy earlier this month found new buyers. Grassland […]

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Wisconsin judge hears challenge to homemade bakery ban

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge in southern Wisconsin will hear from attorneys for three women who are challenging the state’s ban on selling homemade bakery to the public. Wisconsin and New Jersey are the only states that ban the sale of home-baked cookies, muffins and other items to the public. Lisa Kivirist, Kriss Marion and […]

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Wisconsin dairy farmers face spoiling market, tight deadline

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A handful of Wisconsin dairy farmers whose Canada market evaporated in a trade dispute were weighing offers from new buyers on Tuesday, but others were running out of time before an expiring contract risked putting them out of business. “The milk market is tighter than we expected,” said Daniel Smith, a […]

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Bill to repeal state prevailing wage draws strong reactions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers say eliminating prevailing wage requirements for workers on public projects would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, while Democrats and unions say it would send skilled workers out of state and further erode the middle class. The Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory reform held a […]

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Illinois Democrats aim high with minimum wage proposals

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Amid a national push by unions and worker advocates for a $15 minimum wage, Illinois Democrats hope to pass an ambitious hike during the spring legislative session, despite a warning from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner that he opposes an increase of any kind. The proposal would lift the state’s minimum wage […]

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Illinois groups opposed to landline service legislation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — AARP Illinois and consumer-rights groups in the state say they oppose legislation that would allow AT&T to divert its resources away from landlines. The legislation would permit the utility giant to free itself from a legal obligation to provide landline service in areas with old technology. AT&T officials said almost 90 […]

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Wisconsin tribes clash in casino expansion fight

BOWLER, Wis. (AP) — At 85, Betty Putnam-Schiel has trouble standing, but she gets along well enough in her home on the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans’ northern Wisconsin reservation thanks to tribal assistants who do everything from shovel her snow to change her lightbulbs. But maybe not for much longer. Another tribe, the Ho-Chunk Nation, […]

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Bill would eliminate last of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican bill would eliminate the last prevailing wage requirements for public projects in Wisconsin. The Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory reform will hold a public hearing Monday on a proposal to end minimum salary requirements on state construction projects. The Legislature in 2015 ended prevailing wage on local projects. […]

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