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A Good Man Needs Our Help

Dear Blogging Blue readers,

Last Wednesday, April 1st, a terrible tragedy befell a great friend of Wisconsin. Bad River tribal member David “Joe ” Bates lost his 22 year old son Parker, and his home, to a house fire in Odanah on the Bad River Reservation. Joe suffered severe lung damage from smoke inhalation when […]

MTEA stands with private sector workers in right to work fight

Hats off to the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association for posting video of private sector union workers disrupting the Assembly debate on right to work Thursday afternoon. Rumor has it that some Assembly Democrats were upset at the disruption, which makes you wonder if they’re suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

What’s disappointing isn’t that working people stood […]

Light a candle for Jeff Simpson

Those of you who are longtime readers of Blogging Blue may remember Jeff Simpson, who blogged here for several years. After leaving Blogging Blue, Jeff began blogging for Cognitive Dissidence, and from CogDis comes news Jeff is once again battling cancer. As many of Jeff Simpson’s friends and friends of this blog know, Jeff is […]

Walking the Talk

Ever since Scott Fitzgerald announced his intent to ramrod so called right to work legislation through the state Senate, I’ve seen a lot of social media/blog comments asking where the DPW is in all of this, and while I can’t speak for Mike Tate, Jason Rae, Joe Wineke or anyone else in the DPW Chair […]

Information on the State Senate’s public hearing on right to work proposal

If you’re planning a trip to the State Capitol tomorrow, here’s information on the State Senate’s public hearing on the Republican right to work proposal.

Labor Rally In Madison On Tuesday and Wednesday

A rally to oppose the Republicans Trash Work (RTW) bill is set for Tuesday and Wednesday at noon at the Capitol:

Wisconsin State Legislature Calls Extraordinary Session To Solve Critical Emergency!

The Wisconsin State Legislature is calling an extraordinary session next week to apparently fend off a statewide crisis. Something called Right To Work (at the expense of your co-workers) legislation demands that it be passed…oh…no…wait. This is an emergency? Isn’t that what extraordinary sessions are for?

Here is a primer on the difference between […]

Walmart’s puny PR campaign

Walmart is making a big deal out of its announcement that the mega-profitable mega-retailer will raise wages in the next 12 months, up to a $10.00 an hour starting wage by February of 2016.

What’s left out of Walmart’s announcement is that statutory minimum wage hikes in multiple states across the country require them […]

Where Are Barrett and Abele on the UWM Budget Cuts?

If you are reading this blog I highly doubt that you are unfamiliar with Governor Walker’s intention to cut state support to the University of Wisconsin System by $300 million over the next biennial budget.

Most of the articles talking about the ‘trickle down’ to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee expect the local university to […]

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

How many media outlets in the United States reported that last month, December 2014, 12,000 Chilean Walmart workers went on strike? Yes, you read me correctly: twelve thousand of them. Did any of you hear about this from CNN, Fox, NBC, ABC, The New York Times, anywhere in the media?

Look, I get it that […]