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Milwaukee Labor Press publishes final issue

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Labor Press billed itself as “the voice of Milwaukee labor” for 73 years. Now the newspaper has printed its final edition.

The last issue of the tabloid-sized monthly arrived over the weekend at the homes of 44,000 union-member subscribers in the Milwaukee area. It was published by the Milwaukee Area Labor Council and once boasted a weekly circulation of 150,000.

The council’s chief operating officer, Sheila Cochran, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the reasons for the closing include rising costs, declining advertising and a drop in union membership. She says the 2011 state law that limited collective bargaining by public sector unions hit particularly hard. Unions affiliated with the council paid for their members to get the paper.

The archives will remain available on the council’s website.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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