Local organizations Socialist Alternative and Our Wisconsin Revolution gathered Sunday, April 12 outside the Amazon Locker location on Johnson Street in Madison to show solidarity with the Amazon warehouse workers voting to unionize in Alabama. Social activists supported the working community fighting for their employee’s rights in one of the largest companies in the country.
Earlier, Bessemer-based Amazon workers had begun the process to unionize employees and thus have the power to bargain contracts to improving working conditions and increase wages. But the recent union election, which lasted for months, ultimately rejected the union bid.
On March 15, a bill was introduced in the Wisconsin legislature to raise the minimum wage for restaurant workers across the state, though opinions differ among servers, restaurant owners, and organizations on whether it’s a good idea.
The proposal, which was introduced by Madison Rep. Francesca Hong and Milwaukee Sen. Chris Larson, would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers in Wisconsin from as low as $2.33 to the state and federal minimum wage of $7.25. Restaurant owners and staff have differing opinions on the issue.
After a frustrating Summer 2020, Larissa Joanna noticed that while many Madison residents realized the need for change and wanted to contribute, they had no idea of where to start. As protests turned violent and attendance decreased, Joanna decided that change was needed. That's when Reshaping Madison Together (RMT), the newest coalition in the Madison political scene, formed. What started as a survey and a group of 40 people has emerged as a progressive group of activists and volunteers who Joanna says are “fighting the good fight.”
A new Dane County health order went into effect Wednesday that removes an outdoor mask mandate and lifts all capacity restrictions for outdoor gatherings.
Public Health Madison & Dane County announced Emergency Order #15 on April 2, citing a continued decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. While the order removes the requirement for face coverings outdoors, PHMDC still strongly recommends wearing masks outdoors when it is not possible to maintain a six feet distance from others.
Similarly, though there are no longer specific capacity restrictions for outdoor gatherings, Emergency Order #15 indicates that “Numbers must be limited to ensure individuals who are not members of the same household or living unit maintain six (6) feet physical distancing at all times.”