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ON THE LEVEL: McGowan reflects on contract negotiations, budget shortfalls amid pandemic (access required)

Terry McGowan doesn't expect COVID-19 — and it's many ripple effects on Wisconsin's construction industry — to subside any time soon. The president and business manager of Wisconsin's largest construction union, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, said his members have adapted quickly amid a spate of job site restrictions aimed at keeping Wisconsin's essential construction crews safe at work.

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ON THE LEVEL: With Kessenich, AGC of Greater Milwaukee places priority on local experience (VIDEO) (access required)

After sifting through more than 150 applications, officials at the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee found they didn’t have to go far for their next chief executive. Mark Kessenich, who will take the reins at the AGC of Greater Milwaukee in June, has spent the past eight years at the workforce-group development group WRTP/Big Step, six of those as president. Recent months have also seen him leading Employ Milwaukee, another large organization with a goal of bringing more people into the workforce.

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ON THE LEVEL: Local 18 distributing aluminum strips to ensure protective masks keep their seal (access required)

Most people know supplies are running short of the sorts of protective masks often used to shield nurses, doctors and first responders from the deadly coronavirus. But what about the small aluminum strips that, when attached to the part of masks meant to go over a person’s nose, help to ensure there is a good seal?

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