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


Dylan Brogan

There are half as many union workers in Madison as there were a decade ago. But support for organized labor hasn’t waned among local elected officials. more

Sep 7, 2017 11:00 AM News


Dylan Brogan

Reymond Blazys says he was terminated for reporting that his co-workers were drunk on the job at Roselawn Memorial Park. In one alleged incident, a concrete grave box and casket were cracked open by a backhoe, exposing a corpse. more

Sep 4, 2017 11:26 AM News

Matt Rothschild remembers Ed Garvey, who died last week at 76, as a witty, energetic firebrand who took on powerful interests — and often won. more

Mar 2, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion


Todd Hubler

In the past few years, Wisconsin has made it harder to receive unemployment benefits and is aggressively going after workers who make honest mistakes when filing. Is the state trying to eliminate unemployment benefits? more

Mar 2, 2017 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


David Michael Miller

Wisconsin’s overhauled civil service system went into effect July 1, ending a more than 100-year-old system. Union activists say less government transparency will result, but they aren’t giving up the fight. more

Jul 21, 2016 5:00 AM News

The “raw” wage gap ratio between men and women is about 77 cents to the dollar. But that is an aggregate statistic, comparing all female full-time workers to all male full-time workers. It does not even account for variations in profession. more

Jun 9, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments


Daniella Echeverria

The 2016 edition of “Just Dining” guide to Madison restaurant employment standards is released. The guide’s range expands this year with restaurants on Atwood Avenue and Monroe Street added. more

Dec 10, 2015 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


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


Matt Rota

Many retailers have turned to an increasingly complicated network of subcontractors to clean their big-box stores. The system is great — for everyone except the employees, who work for low wages and no benefits. more

Jun 11, 2015 7:45 AM Isthmus Cover Stories


Laura Zastrow

There's been a lot of debate over whether the federal government and Wisconsin should raise the minimum wage. Opponents claim such a hike would cause widespread job loss among the working poor. Proponents expect a higher wage to lift all boats, putti more

Feb 12, 2015 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


David Michael Miller

Making Wisconsin a "right to work" state is at the top of the Republicans' agenda, according to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. more

Dec 18, 2014 2:00 PM Opinion


Sarah Rose Smiley

Rachel Gross emerges from a classroom to face the crush of students charging through the corridors. The labyrinthine hallways and riot-proof walls make the UW Humanities Building feel like a medieval fortress under siege during class change. Gross ha more

Nov 21, 2013 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


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


Dean Robbins

"Solidarity" was the watchword as Wisconsin labor leaders gathered at the Concourse Hotel on Monday, registering opposition to the budget repair bill announced by Gov. Scott Walker on Feb. 11. Arranged by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, the press confer more

Feb 14, 2011 8:03 PM News


Kristian Knutsen

Wisconsin public employee unions and their supporters are currently engaged in planning their response to Governor Scott Walker's program to curtail negotiating and organizing rights via a budget bill announced Friday. Three public protests and lobby more

Feb 12, 2011 1:35 AM News

Public employees have it good in Wisconsin, but not necessarily as good as critics think. Begin with the fact that the state is relatively parsimonious when it comes to hiring. Wisconsin ranks 4lst in the nation in per capita public employment, accor more

Dec 16, 2010 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Michael Villegas

In September, before the Chazen Museum of Art began stashing some of its collection to make room for construction, I stopped in to see John Steuart Curry's iconic paintings of the Midwestern countryside. The half-dozen paintings, largely executed dur more

Dec 16, 2010 3:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Sharon Vanorny

You think cleaning your garage or policing your backyard for dog poop is a dirty job? If so, you really need to read this article. Modern life is full of truly dirty jobs, and "Isthmus" set out to find some of the nastiest ones and the people who tac more

Sep 2, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Pierre-Paul Pariseau

John Rosenow remembers when farming used to be a local business. When your family needed help, you would hire workers from the community, people you knew. In the mid-'90s, that started to change. more

Jun 3, 2010 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories