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COWS in the News

November 20, 2020 | Wisconsin Examiner
With October’s report, “What we have long worried about has finally come — the turn back to job loss instead of job growth,” says Laura Dresser, associate director of COWS, a University of Wisconsin research and policy center that examines the economy’s impact on working people.
November 19, 2020 | Wisconsin Public Radio/
"It's bad news and it's hard to see," said Laura Dresser, associate director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center on Wisconsin Strategy, a think-tank commonly referred to as COWS. "The recovery was definitely getting weaker across these last few months, but now it's tipped to the other direction where we actually lost jobs and that's really worrisome about the economy, and also, given the context of COVID in the state right now, a real challenge."
November 05, 2020 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel @journalsentinel
The pandemic is disproportionately affecting women because of the way it is hitting certain industries — like child care and hospitality — especially hard.
October 31, 2020 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel @journalsentinel
The latest downturn has had a disproportionate effect on service industry workers. A large share are Black and Latino; the majority are women. Full article here.
October 20, 2020 | Winning Wisconsin Podcast

A new Wonder Media Network original series.
In the post-mortem that followed 2016, one state was singled out as having pushed Trump over the electoral finish line: Wisconsin. Winning Wisconsin is the story of how one state’s fight for its own political identity changed the country -- and how, four years later, it might be poised to do so again.

Laura Dresser is featured in episodes 1, 2 and 4.

October 19, 2020 | Superior Telegram

"The increase in the disease can put a real damper on the economic growth, absolutely," Laura Dresser said. "And we're seeing real increases right now."

Full article here.

October 16, 2020 | Entropia, Rio de Janeiro • Vol. 4 • N°8 • Julho/Dezembro/2020 • Pág. 211/235
Entropia, Rio de Janeiro • Vol. 4 • N°8 • Julho/Dezembro/2020 • Pág. 211/235
October 16, 2020 | Wisconsin Public Radio/

Wisconsin's unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in September, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Development (DWD). 

"We're still going (in) the right direction. Jobs are increasing," said Laura Dresser.

Full article here.

September 18, 2020 | PBS Wisconsin Here & Now
Laura Dresser was a guest on PBS Wisconsin Here & Now weekly news program, sharing findings on the toll COVID-19 is taking on Wisconsin’s workforce.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Permanent link here.
September 10, 2020 | Wisconsin Examiner
Wages, benefits, union rights and Black lives take center stage in Labor Day 2020 roundtable discussion. Full article here.
September 03, 2020 | Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers (MASH) and SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin
Last Thursday, COWS was invited to moderate a conversation hosted by Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers (MASH) and SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin. This event, Food on the Table, Workers at the Table, featured three workers: Anthony, a cook and union steward; Kate, an ER nurse; and Tammy, a CNA. The conversation also featured Dr. Michael Rosen. 
We are so thankful to the workers who shared their insights with us. The conversation ranged from the difficulty of caring for patients with dementia during a time of isolation; the important of unions in providing a voice for workers; the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on Black and Brown Wisconsinites; the dangerous exposure to COVID-19 for healthcare workers despite no additional hazard pay; and more. The video is available to watch on the MASH Facebook page.  

See the State of Working Wisconsin here:

August 28, 2020 | Bloomberg Balance of Power Podcast
David Westin speaks with experts from Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Government, Bloomberg Tax and Bloomberg Law about how lawmakers, government officials, and business leaders impact business and American policies at home and abroad.
August 27, 2020 | Bloomberg
The proximity of these three hot spots shines a light on an under-appreciated facet of life in the Midwest: Inequality there is, by some measures, as high or higher than in any other part of the country. A 2019 report assembled by several progressive-leaning think tanks shows the region dominates lists of states with the greatest racial inequality in incomes, homeownership and incarceration.
August 17, 2020 | The Gazette (Janesville, WI)
"The workers most impacted by the economic shut-down in March were workers in leisure and hospitality—workers who earned low wages, which make it nearly impossible to save enough money for a crisis like this,” Laura Dresser. Full article here.
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