Bus drivers and mechanics in Milwaukee began a three-day work stoppage starting early on July 1 after negotiations with transit system officials stalled over a new labor contract.
Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 stopped working at 3 a.m. on July 1 and plan to return 72 hours later, union officials said.
At the end of the day on July 2, in advance of the long July 4 holiday weekend, the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee introduced its wrap-up motion to the budget approval process. Known as the 999 motion, it included 67 different proposals — many of them highly controversial and unrelated to the budget. Most, if not all of the proposals, were presented without prior debate or discussion.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed the legislation aimed at phasing out the sale and manufacture of personal care products containing microplastics that pollute the state's water, including the Great Lakes.
President Barack Obama put a political edge on his push for more overtime pay for U.S. workers on July 2 by touting it in Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker has made a name for himself by clashing with labor unions.
Walker, who is expected to officially announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination the week of July 13, greeted Air Force One as it landed in La Crosse, a college town in western Wisconsin.
A proposed hog “megafarm” in northern Wisconsin is raising concerns among some residents that millions of gallons of pig manure will eventually wash off the land and pollute Lake Superior.
An Iowa business plans to produce thousands of pigs annually a few miles from Ashland and the shore of Chequamegon Bay. If plans are approved by state and federal regulators, the $17.7 million farm would be the largest hog farm in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.