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Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters

Mar 22, 2017

Construction groups among biggest corporate donors to parties, legislative committees (UPDATE)

Construction-related groups were among the top corporate donors to Wisconsin's Democratic and Republican parties and legislative fundraising committees last year.

Nov 4, 2016

Construction groups go big with election spending

In most election years, it’s not uncommon to see construction groups using political contributions to show appreciation for policies that benefit the industry.

Dec 18, 2015

Panel debates new work-search requirements

Responding to complaints about new work-search rules, a state advisory panel is considering increasing the amount of time laid-off workers can continue to receive unemployment benefits without having to look for new jobs.

Nov 20, 2015

Council members propose crackdown on worker misclassification

The top official at a prominent construction group is calling on the state to add to the penalties that can now be imposed on employers who knowingly misclassify direct employees as independent contractors.

Jun 18, 2015

Proposal could result in hefty fines for unemployment mistakes (UPDATE)

A union representative is warning that proposed changes to a state statute could result in fraud charges for those who make mere mistakes when filing for unemployment benefits.

Feb 24, 2015

Trades leaders plea for civil discussion on right-to-work (UPDATE)

Despite the opposition of one Madison sheet-metal worker, trades union members largely expressed agreement Tuesday morning with their leaders' call to reason with lawmakers over right-to-work legislation rather than take to the street in protest.

Feb 17, 2015

WisDOT casts doubt on prevailing wage repeal

Even as Republican lawmakers try to tie eliminating the state’s prevailing wage to lowered costs for road projects, the top transportation official says he is skeptical about the hoped-for savings.

Feb 6, 2015

CAPITOLISMS BLOG: Right-to-work and unleashing hungry wolves

In an article appearing next to Terry McGowan’s byline in the winter issue of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139’s Wisconsin News, the president and business manager of the road-builders and excavators union declares there are “strong political allies standing with us” in the fight against right-to-work legislation, changes to the state’s prevailing wage and similar[...]

Jan 20, 2015

State, feds sign pact to fight misclassification

Federal investigators have received a formal invitation to come into Wisconsin and investigate alleged instances of worker misclassification.

Nov 4, 2014

Industry wary of changes to benefit system

Construction industry representatives are taking defensive positions as state policymakers prepare to solicit advice on possible changes to Wisconsin’s system of paying out unemployment benefits.

Mar 26, 2014

Surtax proposal withers away

State sticks with tax brackets to balance company payments A proposed state unemployment fund surtax has died from lack of support and fear that road builders and other seasonal employers […]

Dec 6, 2013

EDITORIAL: Enough nibbling around edges of unemployment fund woes

Wisconsin’s unemployment trust fund is more than $1.5 billion shy of its $1.5 billion recommended minimum balance.


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