Stories tagged: "Essential workers"


A passenger is removed from a United Airlines flight in Miami, on March 17, 2021. The Federal Aviation Administration logged a record 5,981 reports of unruly passenger behavior last year—more than 70% involving passengers refusing to comply with well-known and widely advertised face mask safeguards. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
Time to Punch Back Against the Bullies

A new law increasing penalties for threatening healthcare workers in Wisconsin is a good start. From air travel to school boards, there’s more work to be done.

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Look Back: Two Years Ago, Wisconsin Bars Are Shut Down on St. Pat’s Day as COVID Spreads

Health officials warned an already-impatient nation that the pandemic’s impact would last months rather than weeks. If only.

As Wisconsin employers continue to search for workers, a new study has found that the pandemic has hit one portion of the state's workforce especially hard — those over 55.
‘People Don’t Want to Work’? Maybe They Just Retired Rather Than Expose Themselves to COVID.

Wisconsin already had a Baby Boomer retirement crisis on its hands, the pandemic has only exacerbated the ongoing workforce losses.

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‘$15 is Just a Start’: Wisconsin Residents Push for a Minimum Wage Hike

Wisconsin's minimum wage has been a measly $7.25 for more than a decade. Most state residents say it's time for an increase.

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‘It’s About Time’: Wisconsin Advocates Say Immigration Reform Needs to Happen Now

About 75,000 undocumented immigrants live in Wisconsin, many working “essential” jobs that put them at high risk of COVID-19.

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Thousands of Workers Are Going on Strike for Black Lives Today. Here Are Their Demands.

Tens of thousands of frontline workers across the country are going on strike Monday to protest systemic racism and police brutality and to demand that corporations and the government take action to address white supremacy, end economic exploitation of Black workers, and allow all workers to unionize.

Workers in health care, hospitality, food processing and other industries say the Wisconsin Supreme Court order to kill the safer at home rules will make workplaces less safe.
Killing ‘Safer at Home’ Means a Lot of People Won’t Feel Safer at Work

Progress made in containing coronavirus in Wisconsin may already be backsliding