Since the passage of Act 10 in 2011, public sector employees in Wisconsin have had limited collective bargaining abilities and unions have weakened power to advocate for their members. How has the labor movement in Wisconsin responded over the last eight years? To explore this history, Allen is joined in the studio by labor historian David Nack. They cover a wide range of topics including the right to work, the role of unions, labor organizing among educators, strikes, and more, putting Wisconsin’s recent history into a national context.
David Nack is a professor in the School for Workers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he teaches classes in collective bargaining, contract administration, grievance arbitration, union outreach, and labor history. He is the co-author, with Michael Childers, Alexia Kulwiec, and Armando Ibarra, of “The Recent Evolution of Wisconsin Public Worker Unionism since Act 10,” recently published in the Labor Studies Journal.