Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wisconsin in focus: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Right-To-Work Law

By Watchdog News - July 12, 2017 at 06:03PM

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Right-To-Work Law

A federal appeals court panel has upheld Wisconsin’s right-to-work law.

The law prohibits businesses and unions from reaching agreements that require all workers to pay union dues. Unions maintain the law enables nonunion members to receive free representation. The International Union of Operating Engineers filed a lawsuit last year alleging that amounts to an unconstitutional taking.

U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller upheld the law in September, citing a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding Indiana’s nearly identical right-to-work law.

Come Sept. 30, the five Brennan’s Market stores and its New Glarus production facility will close. The move will put 150 people out of work and bring to an end a 75 year-old company that found its business model out of date in the highly competitive grocery industry that offers up many of the same products and hundreds more that a Brennan’s does not.

When the recession hit in 2008, the company, like most retailers felt the effects. But as business began to climb for other companies as the recession faded, Brennan’s sales remained flat. And now, after nearly 10 years of struggle, Tim Culhane, who purchased the company in 2014 from Skip Brennan, has made the difficult choice to close the business and sell the assets and real estate.

7,000 Remain Without Power after Morning Storms Hit Northeast Metro, Western Wisconsin

The north metro and parts of western Wisconsin woke up to downed trees and no power after rain and thunderstorms rolled through the area.
Xcel Energy said in a press release about 9,000 customers are experiencing power outages as of noon after the severe weather, mostly in areas east of the Twin Cities metro. Service is expected to be restored by 8 p.m. for the rest of those customers.
By 3:15 p.m., Xcel’s Outage Map showed 202 outage orders affecting just over 7,000 customers in the Twin Cities, western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota.  Connexus Energy said 5,000 of its customers are without power.

Connexus Energy said 5,000 of its customers are without power.