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Of note: This week we highlight a two-story series State of the Unions by Wisconsin Watch’s Jacob Resneck, a Report for America corps member. Resneck found laws passed since 2011 have hobbled public sector unions in Wisconsin — and forced down real wages in some sectors. But there are new unionization efforts afoot in the private sector, and some government employee groups have begun taking collective action to force workplace changes. 

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Mariah Clark, an emergency department nurse, speaks as University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics nurses announce a new union during a press conference at the First Unitarian Society in Madison, Wis., on Dec. 19, 2019. (Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Watch)

Wisconsin workers show renewed energy after decade of anti-union laws

Wisconsin Watch — October 6, 2022

After losing collective bargaining rights, formerly unionized public sector employees switch tactics, using a collective voice to force change. And private sector efforts to organize are on the rise, union leaders say. 

Related coverage from Wisconsin Watch: Workers lost ground on wages in wake of Wisconsin’s anti-labor laws

Protesters hold signs protesting the Supreme Court’s draft ruling on Roe vs. Wade on May 14, 2022, at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. (Angela Major / WPR)

Wisconsin candidates sharply divided along partisan lines on abortion rights

Wisconsin Watch — October 4, 2022

This year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Roe v. Wade has elevated abortion as a key election issue in Wisconsin. ‘Personhood’ may be the next battle. Check out Wisconsin candidates’ abortion positions here.

Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, a prominent ally of former President Donald Trump, speaks during a panel discussion at the Nebraska Election Integrity Forum on Aug. 27, 2022 in Omaha, Neb. (Rebecca S. Gratz / AP)

Trump allies have interviewed nearly 200 election officials, including some in Wisconsin, to probe for weaknesses

Votebeat — October 3, 2022

Two of Donald Trump’s most prominent allies in his fight to overturn the 2020 election are leading a coordinated, multi-state effort to probe local election officials in 200 counties across eight swing states, including Wisconsin.

Related coverage from ProPublica: Election deniers failed to hand Wisconsin to Trump but have paved the way for future GOP success; and The New York Times: Democrats worry as G.O.P. attack ads take a toll in Wisconsin and beyond

‘Help me find my children’: How race affects social media efforts to find missing kids

USA TODAY — October 4, 2022

Social media could be an equalizer for finding missing children, highlighting posts about kids from all backgrounds without the filters of traditional media and police gatekeepers.  But a USA TODAY analysis suggests social media audiences still elevate more posts about missing white children — especially girls — than missing Black children.

Menominee tribal officials finally have say over mining projects near Menominee River

Green Bay Press-Gazette — October 5, 2022

Michigan officials have finally acknowledged what Menominee Nation historians have always known: the area around the mouth of the Menominee River was a significant ancient settlement and burial ground. This means developers of major projects there now must consult with the Menominee — what the tribe has been seeking for decades.

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