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BREAKING NEWS / URGENT: The State Supreme Court upholds Act 10, Voter ID, and the state's domestic partnership registry

MADISON, Wis (WSAU)  - The Wisconsin State Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the state law that limits the collective bargaining rights of state employees. The law from three years ago sparked protests at the state capital and led to the recall attempt against Governor Scott Walker. The court's ruling in favor of Act 10 was 5-2. Justice Michael Gableman wrote the lead opinion, which was also signed by Justices David Prosser, Pat Roggensack and Annette Ziegler. Justice Patrick Crooks concurre...

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Union workers in Mosinee, Rhinelander sign new deal with New York paper company

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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler) - Union employees at three Wisconsin paper mills have ratified a new contract which paves the way for a private equity firm to buy those plants and keep them running.

K-P-S Capital Partners of New York had agreed earlier this year to buy the Mosinee and Rhinelander plants owned by Wausau Paper – plus the Kaukauna and De Pere mills from Thilmany Papers. The deal was contingent on new union contracts.

Today, the United Steelworkers said its members approved a four-year deal which includes higher wages, better health benefits, and what the union called “retirement security.” De Pere is a non-union plant, so it was not involved in the contract decision. The new firm will become the state’s largest paper-maker with a total of 18-hundred employees in Wisconsin.

All four mills make specialty papers for things like food wrappers. K-P-S is still looking for a name for its new acquisitions.

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