Act 10

The 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, also known as the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,[1] was legislation proposed by Republican Governor Scott Walker[2] and passed by the Wisconsin Legislature to address a projected $3.6 billion budget deficit.[3] The legislation primarily impacted the following areas: collective bargaining, compensation, retirement, health insurance, and sick leave of public sector employees. In response, unions and other groups organized protests inside and around the state capitol. The bill was passed into law and became effective as of June 29, 2011. Public employees exempted from the changes to the collective bargaining law include firefighters and most law enforcement workers.[1] The bill was ruled to be constitutional by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in July 2014, after three years of litigation.


David Michael Miller

WEAC has lost more than half of its dues-paying members, and lost clout in its elections. But teachers still value its union and it is far from dead. more

Dec 14, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

A new documentary about the Wisconsin Uprising is not about nostalgia for the occupation of the State Capitol. It’s an honest, insightful look at the forces that moved the protesters toward capitulation. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Movies


Linda Falkenstein

17.2 cubic feet of memories of the Act 10 protests are stored at the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society. more

Feb 11, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot

As the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge enters its fourth week, it’s a good time to compare it to the takeover of the Wisconsin Capitol five years ago by protesters of Gov. Scott Walker’s policies. more

Jan 26, 2016 12:24 PM Citizen Dave

During Senate debate Sen. Van Wanggaard explained why the Legislature needed to end the rule that significant donors to state political candidates identify their primary employer. The public, he argued, is out-of-control and cannot be trusted. more

Nov 19, 2015 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

In 2011, Gov. Scott Walker had the political equivalent of a hit song with his Act 10 proposal. But his new anti-labor campaign is just a rehash of his old campaign, and his audience has moved on. more

Sep 19, 2015 10:00 AM Madland

The Wisconsin governor didn’t make much of an impression in the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle. more

Aug 7, 2015 11:45 AM Citizen Dave

Gov. Scott Walker announced Monday that he’s running for president. Nobody was surprised—he’s been playing this game for a while. Follow his moves on the board. Where will the game take him next? more

Jul 16, 2015 12:03 PM , , Isthmus Cover Stories

In February 2011, Gov. Scott Walker "dropped the bomb" that was meant to cripple Wisconsin's public-sector unions. Act 10, which eliminated collective bargaining rights for most public worker unions, has taken a toll on Wisconsin's labor movement, bu more

Sep 5, 2013 2:00 PM News

Reporters were jammed into a stuffy room in the Capitol on the afternoon of June 14, waiting for debate on a bill that would deprive public employees of their collective bargaining rights in the state budget. The hearing kept getting postponed. A hea more

Jun 23, 2011 2:00 PM Opinion

Now that the state Supreme Court has validated Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair" bill, what does that mean for local municipalities? "We're trying to figure that out too," says Curt Witynski, assistant director of the League of Wisconsin Municipali more

Jun 15, 2011 9:46 PM News

The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Dane County circuit court Judge Maryann Sumi's ruling against the state legislature's procedure in passing Act 10, which eliminates collective bargaining for state employees, effectively making the controversial more

Jun 15, 2011 1:24 AM News


Bill Lueders

Unless the Wisconsin Supreme Court gets in the spirit and makes a definitive ruling that affirms sweeping changes to collective bargaining by Tuesday afternoon, legislative Republicans intend to introduce this as a budget amendment. more

Jun 13, 2011 6:03 PM News


Jenni Dye

Monday, April 4, marked the 50th day since protests started at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison over a bill that would gut public employees' collective bargaining rights. Fifty days of Wisconsinites standing up and making their voices heard. more

Apr 5, 2011 9:18 PM Opinion

Beloved local online celeb Chad Vader, the Sith sibling who works at Empire Market, a grocery store that looks remarkably like a certain co-op on Willy Street, weighs in on the nearly three weeks-long series of "insane, violent" protests. more

Mar 5, 2011 5:31 PM News


Alison Bauter

Thanks to several enterprising groups and a lot of cooperative individuals, the Capitol rotunda now boasts garbage collection, recycling, a community food bank, water supplies, lost and found, an information services station, and more. more

Feb 19, 2011 3:45 PM News


David Michael Miller

The upheaval started last Friday. Gov. Scott Walker announced a "budget-repair bill" that would end nearly all collective bargaining rights for most of the state's public employees, as well as usher in changes to undermine union support. Walker also more

Feb 17, 2011 3:00 PM News

With several area school districts closed and teachers, along with those who support them, asked to head to the Capitol, Day 4 of the downtown Madison demonstrations promise to be the biggest of the week. Follow developments, and add your own, here. more

Feb 17, 2011 2:20 PM News

"It's trendy to not like Scott Walker," says this Madison East student, who was spotted making a sign on Tuesday which he planned to carry into the thousands picketing inside the state Capitol. more

Feb 16, 2011 10:15 PM News


Jack Keating

At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, the fourth floor of the Capitol is packed with people. Labor supporters are still waiting for their chance to address the Joint Finance Committee about Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, which would end most collective barg more

Feb 16, 2011 4:13 PM News