TUE AM News: ManpowerGroup announces 39 percent emissions reduction; Agreement reached to avoid UW Health nurses strike

— ManpowerGroup says it has cut operational emissions 39 percent from 2019 levels, bringing the company over halfway to its goal of 60 percent reductions by 2030. 

This reduction was highlighted in the Milwaukee-based company’s 2021-2022 Environmental, Social, and Governance report. ManpowerGroup also plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2045 or sooner, the report shows. 

Along with the direct emissions target, its 2030 goals include reducing emissions by 30 percent for its entire “value chain,” which includes more elements of its business model. 

Some of the actions the company is taking to meet these goals include: minimizing business travel, boosting renewable energy usage, electrifying fleet vehicles, decarbonizing commuting, and engaging with suppliers to reduce their climate impact. 

As part of this effort, the company plans to shift at least 75 percent of all offices to “renewably sourced” electricity by 2030. It says renewable energy usage in its 15 largest markets rose 31 percent between 2020 and 2021. 

ManpowerGroup also says its reducing energy usage at European locations by “consolidating branch offices and data centers, moving to more efficient, greener buildings, implementing energy-efficient initiatives, and encouraging more eco-responsible workplace behaviors from our employees.” 

The report also notes the company has set a goal of reaching 50 percent gender diversity at its global leadership level by 2025 as part of a “diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging” effort. It shows its board of directors has had over 30 percent gender diversity for the past 10 years, and its global workforce last year was 60 percent women. 

See the full report: https://go.manpowergroup.com/hubfs/MPG%20Sustainability/MPG_2022_ESG_FINAL_0908.pdf 

— Gov. Tony Evers has announced an agreement between nurses, UW Health and the SEIU that prevents a work stoppage previously set for today.

Evers at the Capitol alongside dozens of health care workers and industry leaders announced the groups had come to an agreement to move toward more bargaining rights for health care workers. UW Health employs 3,400 front-line nurses at its hospitals, primary care facilities and clinics across the state. 

UW Health CEO Alan Kaplan also at yesterday’s event said the agreement is a sign of what’s to come for UW Health nurses’ collective bargaining rights.

“We said for over a decade that the legal situation does not allow us to recognize a union,” he said. “I know others have different opinions. This agreement finally sets for a path to resolve the question once and for all.”

Kaplan added the agreement also gives nurses involved in organizing efforts the opportunity to engage with leadership.

AG Josh Kaul in a legal opinion issued in June argued UW Health workers are authorized under the Peace Act to collectively bargain if the hospital wishes to recognize worker unions.

Workers had previously planned to strike today, but Evers said negotiations with employers and the Service Employees International Union reached a point where workers no longer planned to follow through with the strike.

UW Health Nurse Colin Gillis, when asked if the agreement covered wages, staffing or disciplinary actions, said the agreement is focused on relations between workers and management. 

“The focus of our agreement is determining the nature of our relationship moving forward and that’s what I’ll focus on in my answer today,” he said. 

The agreement comes as thousands of nurses in Minnesota’s Twin Cities and Duluth areas are reportedly striking in hopes of obtaining better pay and improved staffing ratios. See more on this in headlines below. 

See Kaul’s opinion: https://www.doj.state.wi.us/sites/default/files/news-media/6.2.22_AG_Opinion_Signed.pdf 

Watch a video of the news conference: https://wiseye.org/2022/09/12/news-conference-governor-evers-seiu-and-uw-health-reach-agreement/ 

— The Medical College of Wisconsin held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new cancer research center at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center.

The 150,000-square-foot facility will act as a hub for MCW’s cancer research programs, which currently include about 700 researchers spread across 135 labs across the campus. 

Dr. John Raymond, president and CEO of MCW, says the MCW Cancer Research Building will “bring together the brightest minds to forge innovations” to address the impact of cancer in eastern Wisconsin and elsewhere. 

“Perhaps most importantly, this facility will allow us to increase our attention to reduce cancer disparities among underrepresented groups in our communities,” he said. 

According to a release, construction is expected to wrap up by late 2024 on the $100 million building. Mortenson, based in Milwaukee, will handle construction management for the project with New York-based CannonDesign providing architectural services. 

The State Building Commission last month approved $10 million in funding for the project. 

See the release: https://www.wisbusiness.com/2022/medical-college-of-wisconsin-celebrates-groundbreaking-for-new-cancer-research-building/ 

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— An economic development group called On Broadway Inc. aims to bring a free outdoor music festival to the Green Bay area with grant funding from the Levitt Foundation. 

The Green Bay organization has announced it’s in the running for $90,000 in grant funding over the next three years through a competition created by the California-based foundation. A public voting process will be held through Sept. 21 to determine a winner, according to a release. 

If selected, On Broadway says it will produce a free outdoor concert series with professional musicians that “reimagines an underused public space to create an inclusive destination for people of all ages and backgrounds.” 

Green Bay is the only Wisconsin community represented on the Foundation’s contest website, and On Broadway was ranked fourth on the votes leaderboard as of yesterday. Votes can be submitted online or by text. 

“A music series like this really adds something special and new for our community to experience,” Chelsea Kocken, director of special projects for On Broadway, said in the release. “The partnerships it strengthens with other community organizations and the experiences it provides for our entire community are such an important piece of our organization’s mission.” 

See the release: https://www.wisbusiness.com/2022/on-broadway-inc-advances-to-public-voting-phase-for-opportunity-to-receive-a-90k-multi-year-grant-for-a-free-live-music-series-in-green-bay/ 

See more on the contest: https://vote.levitt.org/ 

— Harvesting of Wisconsin potatoes and oats is lagging slightly behind last year’s pace, though it’s close to the five-year average. 

That’s according to the latest crop progress report from the USDA, which also shows winter wheat planting is going relatively slowly. 

The report shows grain oats were 94 percent harvested at the end of last week, which is four days behind last year but two days ahead of the average. And potatoes were 36 percent harvested — three days behind last year and one day behind the average. 

Meanwhile, 8 percent of winter wheat was planted, which is nine days behind last year and eight days behind the average. 

USDA also reports warm, sunny conditions early last week allowed progress on seeding fall crops and cutting hay, while “much needed” rain in southeastern Wisconsin over the weekend helped improve dry soil conditions. 

See the report: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Wisconsin/Publications/Crop_Progress_&_Condition/2022/WI-Crop-Progress-09-12-22.pdf 

— Brad Toll, CEO of Discover Green Bay, says hotel reservations for the Packers season have surpassed that of previous years, signaling a strong economic impact for the region despite inflation and high gas prices.

“Things are looking great,” Toll said on WISN’s “UpFront,” which is produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. “Actually, when the schedule comes out, that’s kind of a holiday in Green Bay if you will, and I would say the bookings at our hotels in the excitement exceeded the level of many years in the past.”

Toll said every Packers home game generates about $15 million in economic impact and said the 2020 season during the height of the pandemic delivered a $150 million hit, the result of not having fans at Lambeau Field.

See more from the show: https://www.wisn.com/upfront


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