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Terry McGowan

Sep 21, 2023

Wisconsin unions, businesses rally support for Line 5 relocation project

Union reps said workers are waiting patiently as Enbridge awaits approval from the Department of Natural Resources.

Nov 11, 2022

WisDOT picks 8-lane freeway for I-94 East-West corridor reconstruction

State and federal highway officials announced plans to widen the Interstate 94 East-West corridor to eight lanes. 

May 12, 2021

In settlement with Local 139, SJ Louis reinstates worker it accused of being a union ‘mole’

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 is packing up its picket signs after the contractor SJ Louis agreed to reinstate an employee it had fired after accusing him of being a "mole" for the union.

Apr 28, 2021

Business groups tout poll showing public support for I-94 East-West project

A coalition of construction and business interests are pointing to a poll suggesting that Milwaukee-area residents favor plans to add lanes to a stretch of Interstate 94 west of downtown Milwaukee over less costly options.

Jan 8, 2021

Even with move to online courses, many unions still offer in-person instruction

When construction officials look back at the changes they’ve made in response to COVID-19, some of the most wide-ranging ones they see have no doubt been in the ways they provide training.

Dec 31, 2020

Industry looks back on year hardly like any other

When it started, 2020 looked to be off to as good a start as any year in recent memory.

Jun 18, 2020

ON THE LEVEL: McGowan reflects on contract negotiations, budget shortfalls amid pandemic

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 constructio[...]

Jun 2, 2020

Former Local 139 president Donald Shaw Sr. dies at 91

Donald Shaw Sr., the longtime leader of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, died last week at the age of 91.

Mar 13, 2020

COVID-19 and construction: How a hands-on industry is handling an outbreak

Even as COVID-19 has led to school closings, event cancellations and other social-distancing measures, Wisconsin's construction industry has largely made no plans to stop work – at least fornow.

Sep 25, 2019

DRAWING THE LINE: Bill to make it felony to trespass on construction sites

In response to protests that have sometimes turned destructive in northern Wisconsin, state lawmakers have introduced legislation to make it a felony to trespass on the site of a pipeline.

May 8, 2019

Operators unions file suit over Act 10 provisions in wake of Janus ruling

Two Wisconsin operators unions have filed suit over Wisconsin's well-known Act 10 law, arguing aspects of the legislation curtailing unions' bargaining powers deprive them of free-speech rights.

Jan 23, 2019

Trades respond to Evers’ first State of the State address (UPDATE)

Gov. Tony Evers, in his first State of the State speech Tuesday, called on the Republican-controlled Legislature to scale back a corporate-tax credit to pay for reducing income taxes, make sacrifices to find a bipartisan transportation plan and work together to bolster spending for schools.


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