Parker Schorr is a public affairs reporting fellow for the Cap Times newspaper in Madison embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom. He was previously an investigative reporting intern with Wisconsin Watch.
Labor tensions at the UW Health hospitals offer a glimpse into a nationwide pattern of unrest. The trend comes as hospital executives increasingly rely on manufacturing models to bolster productivity in delivering health care.
Iron County has among the worst health outcomes in Wisconsin, with a high rate of premature death. The area suffers from high unemployment, high rates of mental illness, social isolation during winter months and childhood traumas.