Category: Labor

Every Brat Has Its Thorns

Posted May 19th, 2014 @ 11:57 AM by

“Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at how to make a profit, that goes against God.” Pope Francis Madison’s Annual Bratfest will have a new flavor this year, a fifth stage sprinkled with a dose of “Christianity”. The festival’s turn toward faith mirrors that of Tim Metcalfe, a co-owner […]

Another Victim

Posted June 2nd, 2013 @ 7:29 AM by

Governor Scott Walker and his Wisconsin legislative cronies have claimed another victim in their war on the locally owned “Mom and Pop” store! Johannsen’s Greenhouse, a Madison establishment since 1960 will be closing at the end of the summer! Karen said the family had no immediate plans to close shop, but then an unsolicited offer […]

The (Public Schools) Profit Motive

Posted April 24th, 2013 @ 10:55 AM by

We have brought you the story before that the current round of “education reform” is a myth, that its just a ruse to try and privatize education so certain people can get their hands on our education money! We all know that Scott Walker in his latest budget wants to vastly increase taxpayer money going […]

It’s NOT Working at The State Journal!

Posted September 15th, 2012 @ 12:34 AM by

Recently, Capital Newspapers announce that they had cut 26 more jobs. Which is surprising since you would think that their union busting and massive support for ACT 10. Would have sparked an Wisconsin economy that would led to increasing employment at the Newspaper not decreasing it. I guess, since Scott Walker’s(who the Wisconsin State Journal […]

Palermo Worker’s Update

Posted July 3rd, 2012 @ 8:08 AM by

Yesterday, Palermo called in the Milwaukee police to protect them from a kid and a Reverend delivering petitions urging Palermo to treat their workers fairly: Palermo Villa workers and their allies delivered petitions in pizza boxes to the company’s Menomonee Valley facility Monday afternoon. Milwaukee police officers blocked the Villa Palermo entrance when the protesters’ […]

A Few More Updates on the Palermo’s Worker’s Strike

Posted June 26th, 2012 @ 8:08 AM by

The Overpass Light Brigade made a cool video:

Striking Workers Boycott Palermo’s from Occupy Riverwest on Vimeo.

Ale Aslyum! What are you doing?

Posted June 21st, 2012 @ 8:08 AM by

Disappointing…from IBEW local 159: The South Central Building Trades Council held an information picket in front of the new Ale Asylum Brew Pub being constructed on Packers and International Lane. Dave Boetcher and Joel Kapusta were there for IBEW 159. The Ale Asylum and the general contractor on the job, CSI, have used predominantly nonunion […]

Why Teachers Need a Union –

Posted February 1st, 2012 @ 7:51 AM by

Now that Act10 has been enacted making it next to impossible for teachers to bargain teachers are going to be left vulnerable. The next fight (that will probably not get as much press) will be the one over district handbooks – especially the term JUST CAUSE. Here are some examples to keep in mind while […]

Have Abacus Will Travel

Posted January 27th, 2012 @ 9:47 AM by

I have written before of the the right wings veiled attempts to privatize public education. I have also pointed out that while they are trying to privatize our schools without the public knowing, occasionally they let some things slip and let us know what they are after. As an education consultant/reformer stated in a recent […]

That Richard Trumka Guy

Posted December 21st, 2011 @ 7:07 AM by

Esquire has an excellent profile of union leader Richard Trumka: Richard Trumka, American

The American worker has been getting thrashed for thirty years. Jobs leaving the country, wages flat, his boss getting rich. One coal miner from Pennsylvania knows exactly what to do about it.

Fellow Forward Lookout writer Jeff has a write-up from February 28th, 2011 when Mr. Trumka visited Madison: Trumka- “It already has!”