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— More than 300 businesses and trade unions have joined a coalition opposing a right-to-work bill.
Steve Lyons, spokesman for the newly launched Wisconsin Contractors Coalition, said right-to-work would lead to decreases in employee pay and benefits, further hampering efforts to fill thousands of unfilled jobs in skilled trades.
“This system has been in place for a hundred years. and it’s worked really, really well,” Lyons said yesterday.
“Why are we fixing something that’s not broken?”
The coalition is primarily comprised of companies involved in construction.
Lyons said those members are concerned they would have to take on roles currently served by unions — such as worker training programs — if right-to-work becomes law.
A group backing the changes, Wisconsin Right to Work, was announced Dec. 1 and has been running radio ads.
— The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has been named by former Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl as the home for his $100 million gift promised toward the development of a new arena in downtown Milwaukee.
The Board of Directors of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation approved receipt of Kohl’s gift with the directive that the funding be dedicated to a future arena.
— Pradeep Rohatgi, distinguished professor of materials engineering at UW-Milwaukee, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
The holder of 20 U.S. patents, Rohatgi is a world leader in synthesis of metal matrix composites, high-performance metal blends that are cheaper, lighter and stronger than the original alloys. The academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow are named inventors on U.S. patents and were nominated by their peers.
— Marquette researchers James Holstein and Richard Jones have joined forces with former Green Bay Packer George Koonce to examine the challenges facing players when they leave the NFL.
The newly published book “Is There Life After Football? Surviving the NFL” looks inside life both in and after the NFL.
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Joy Global reports strong 4Q, expects soft 2015
Coalition of builders opposes right-to-work law
Madison tech company SmartUQ raises $1.8 million
DNR concedes its rules are faulty, then allows more frac sand mining
Green Bay area health insurance costs quadruple
Racine aldermen agree to lend Machinery Row developer $4.5M
Herb Kohl selects Greater Milwaukee Foundation to manage $100M arena gift
Steinhafels to build furniture store, anchor new Greenfield development
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– Eckardt Earns Prestigious National Agri-Women Award
– Anchor’s Chris Bauer named a Community Banker of the Year by American Banker magazine
– Associated Bank Wausau sites: one to upgrade, one to open, one sold
– HSI offers to shave story off debated Wauwatosa apartment project
– Freshwater Plaza plan, financing win council OK
– MATC changes result in minimal increases
– UW students use ‘smart’ technology in football helmets to detect injuries
HEALTH CARE ^top^
Rogers Memorial names VP of operations for Brown Deer Hospital
– Wisconsin Hospital Association releases new three-star quality rating system
– Report cites dip in health insurance costs for small businesses in La Crosse
– Milwaukee-area business, community leaders we lost in 2014: Year in Review
– PPC Industries to be acquired by New York private equity firm
– Harley recalls motorcycles with defective turn signal indicators
– Fundraising component of Walker inauguration draws liberal criticism
– Casino supporters rally at Dairyland site
– State lawmakers eye influence on Cuba policy
REAL ESTATE ^top^
– Trocadero Gastrobar sold to Red Lion Pub ownership group
– Bielinski Homes plans City of Pewaukee apartment development
– Moorland Commons sale completed
– Brown County blocks sales tax referendum proposal
SMALL BUSINESS ^top^
– Deadline nears for business plan contest
– Madison’s Redox raises $350,000 in outside funding
– State Fair Continues to Rank Among the Best Events in the Nation
*Associated Banc-Corp: Head of corporate banking for Associated Banc-Corp announces intention to retire
*Demlang Builders: Milwaukee area home builder Rod Demlang named 2014 Metropolitan Builders Association Builder of the Year
*Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: DATCP publishes third edition Local Food Marketing Guide
*First Business Bank: Promotes Alton Multhauf, CTP
*Greater Milwaukee Foundation: Greater Milwaukee Foundation chosen as steward for $100 million gift to new arena
*Janesville Community Radio Inc.: Capital fundraising campaign
*Joy Global: Announces fourth quarter and fiscal 2014 operating results
*Lammi Sports Management: Statement re: Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame
*Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market: Prepared for growth
*ManpowerGroup: ManpowerGroup Solutions MSP is a leader, says top industry analyst NelsonHall
*PDS Inc.: Announces appointment of new CEO
*RENEW Wisconsin: Keynote and agenda set for January renewable energy policy summit
*UW Health: Partnership program launches obesity prevention initiative
*Wisconsin Contractor Coalition: Wisconsin Contractor Coalition launched
*Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation: Tim and Danielle Clark named to AFBF’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee
*Wisconsin Wins With Natural Gas Vehicles: Wisconsin celebrates a big switch to fueling with natural gas
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