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Happy Union-Made Easter!
Is the Easter Bunny shopping union made this year? You betcha! Make sure the bunny takes our list to a union grocery store this year when stocking up on all the best goodies and eggs for the kiddies’ baskets. We’re looking forward to those union-made pillowy puffs of sweetness that are the Marshmallow Peeps!
Also, Passover starts tonight, so check out our blog entry for a tasty recipe that is sure to please all at the feast (no it’s not gefilte fish). Celebrate the holiday of freedom in union style.
For Immediate Release
(April 2, 2014) – After a collaborative and democratic process involving workers and leaders across the state, the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke for Wisconsin Governor in the 2014 November election.
Gov. Walker has attacked workers’ wages, protections and collective bargaining rights, dismantled voting rights, enacted hyper-partisan redistricting lines, and failed to create good jobs for hard-working Wisconsinites. Wisconsin ranks an unacceptable 35th in the nation in private sector job creation. In March, Wisconsin ranked #2 in the nation in job losses. It is blatantly clear that Wisconsin needs new leadership to get our economy back on track and put Wisconsinites back to work. Read more...
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All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>
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Working people around the country and the world will come together on May 1 to celebrate International Workers’ Day. The AFL-CIO wants to continue our tradition of linking May Day to campaigns that are vital to working Americans.
We encourage you to emphasize the AFL-CIO’s campaign for comprehensive immigration reform, including passing legislation and ending deportations. We will provide placards to State Federations and Central Labor Councils that are hosting immigration reform events on May Day.
If you have any questions, please contact Scott Reynolds, a National Campaign Coordinator with the AFL-CIO, at (202) 637-5226 or Sreynold@aflcio.org.
The Wisconsin State Employees Union invites you to come and join with other Union Members for the 31st Annual
Union Solidarity Jim Boyd Memorial Scholarship Bowling Tournament
April 25-26, 2014 at Tower Lanes
1660 N. Spring Street, Beaver Dam
Everyone is welcome to bowl in this 3-division (men, women, mixed handicapped team event) *Each team must include a union member
Proceeds benefit the Jim Boyd Memorial Scholarship Program for State Employees
It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>
On April 28, 2014, the labor movement will once again observe Workers Memorial Day to remember workers who have been killed or injured on the job and to renew the fight for strong safety and health protections. The theme this year is “Safe Jobs Save Lives. Make Your Voice Heard.”
We urge you to get involved this Workers Memorial Day and organize actions, activities, or observances in your workplaces and communities to highlight the toll of job injuries and deaths, and demand improvements in job safety protections.
Please join us on Workers Memorial Day, to honor the victims of workplace injury and illness and to keep on fighting for the promise of safe jobs for all workers.
2014 Workers Memorial Day Materials
Workers Memorial Day Fact Sheet (English)
Materials can be downloaded here and multiple copies can be ordered through the AFL-CIO
David Newby, president emeritus of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and current president of the Wisconsin Fair Trade Coalition, will speak about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement and its impact on workers and the U.S. economy.
WHAT: 65th Annual Labor/Management Dinner
Reservations are required by April 23. Click here for details
Tickets requested and payment to Nancy Biese, secretary of the Fox Valley Area Labor Council, W2891 Martin Lane, Appleton, WI 54915. For more information, call 920-358-7662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wisconsin workers called on elected officials like Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Paul Ryan and Gov. Walker to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 outside the Coggs Human Service Center in downtown Milwaukee today.
As the Americans United for Change Raise the Wage Bus Tour rolled into town, low-wage workers spoke out about life on poverty wages that force too many to rely on public assistance to make ends meet while their employers reap record profits. Read more...
Gov. Walker is again trying to confuse the public by making a partial veto of one piece of voting suppression while at the same time gutting Wisconsin’s proud and long-standing tradition of citizen access to the ballot. Taking a page out of the special interest ALEC playbook, Gov. Walker has eliminated weekend voting and limited early voting hours to Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., making it harder for people who work for a living to vote early.
Gov. Walker can’t run on a record of attacking worker rights, failing to create jobs, denying justice to veterans who have fallen victim to asbestos disease and lowering wages and living standards for all workers, so he is resorting to gerrymandering and voter suppression tactics in an blatant attempt to rig elections.
The AFL-CIO today issued a report, NAFTA at 20, which summarizes the unfortunate experiences of workers in Mexico, Canada and the United States in the twenty years following passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). With the NAFTA model proving to be the template for additional trade deals in the past two decades and the Obama administration negotiating two massive trade deals, this report is particularly timely.
This report demonstrates that the high hopes of NAFTA proponents have not been realized. Instead, Read more...
Momentum is building for giving workers a raise! Poll after poll finds strong support among voters for raising the minimum wage.
A poll released March 13, 2014 by UW-Milwaukee shows deep support among Wisconsinites for increasing the minimum wage, with 77% of those polled in favor of a wage increase. The majority of poll respondents supported raising the wage to $10.10 an hour. Read more...
This year's Bay View Tragedy commemoration promises to be every bit as inspiring as any the Society has held since we began the event in 1986.
A keynote address by Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt, memorable songs by labor's own folksinger Larry Penn, larger-than-life puppets to re-enact the 1886 massacre and the presence of the Solidarity Singers from Madison will be featured. The event will be held at:
WHEN: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Join us for the free event!
We urge all local unions and councils to consider participating in the 33rd Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Labor History Society.
When: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The conference, "The Kohler Strikes: Three Decades of Struggle. What can labor learn? What works today?" features both reflections on the long UAW-Kohler struggles and a discussion of what labor can do to regain its power in the 21st Century.
We are pleased to announce that we have engaged Matthew Luskin, a lead organizer of the successful Chicago Teachers Union strike, to round out the program.
Luskin will be joined by two top labor speakers, including:
Roger Bybee, editor of the former Racine Labor newspaper, and Joe Burns, labor attorney and author of "Reviving the Strike."
Dust off those fishing poles and get the kids outside for an exciting morning of catching bluegill and bass! Free (see details)
When: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Volunteers, donations or providing doors prizes are needed to make this day a success.
Event supported by La Crosse Parks and Recreation
Myth #1: “It’s too difficult to find products that are made in America or union-made”
Sure, finding American made and union-made products requires a little more effort than it did, say, 50 years ago when the vast majority of products were produced in the US and by union labor.
However, what most people don’t realize is that the little bit of effort is in fact very little. Thanks to the internet, Google, and some great websites, it’s become easier than ever to find great American and union-made products. Read more
You can find a database of Wisconsin made products by clicking here.
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Gov. Walker is crisscrossing the nation in a full-court media tour to panhandle his book and distort the history of his administration.
Fortunately, Wisconsin workers are speaking out at home.
The truth is that Gov. Walker’s policies have hurt our schools, our communities and our local economies.
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In 2011, Gov. Walker and the Republican controlled legislature passed one of the most controversial and crippling budgets in history. Just months after unveiling extreme attacks on collective bargaining, Gov. Walker continued his crusade on the middle class and signed a state budget that enacted the largest and most sweeping cuts to education, health care and state aid to local communities in the entire history of the state. Read more...
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The Wisconsin Legislature link gives you the home pages of Wisconsin's legislators (including e-mail addresses), bill tracking, statutes and constitution, support agencies, general information, and other legislative links.
The UAW’s 2014 Union-Built Vehicles List features quality, variety and fuel-efficient vehicles along with a number of new additions that represent new jobs for America’s workers.
(Updated: March 30, 2012)
This summary covers some of the major losses for middle income and working class families during the administration of Governor Scott Walker. It details how the public policies promoted by the Walker administration represent a radical departure from Wisconsin values and traditions.
The latest poll of 800 registered voters in the state of Wisconsin shows incumbent Gov. Walker is neck-and-neck with democratic challengers heading into Wisconsin’s 2014 gubernatorial election. With a record of dismal job growth, attacks on workers’ rights and devastating cuts to public schools and health care for the poor, it is no wonder Gov. Walker is sinking fast in the eyes of the public.
The Marquette University poll shows that Wisconsin is ready for a new direction and new leadership. Read more
Since June 2011 Wisconsin has lost more jobs than any other state. The two “special sessions on jobs” called by Governor Walker have failed to address this jobs crisis. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has developed a Jobs Agenda to Rebuild Wisconsin’s Middle Class. This updated version (click here to view or printout WI Jobs Agenda) calls for specific legislation that will truly help Wisconsin’s working families and it includes the specific bills that have been introduced, along with their co-sponsors.
Budget Attacks on Middle Class Families
Governor Walker’s proposed 2013-2015 Biennial State Budget is now being reviewed by the Legislature. It will cover the fiscal period from July 2013 through June 2015. It is clear that the Governor’s budget leaves Wisconsin’s families behind, doing more for his corporate donors and the wealthy than for the hard-working families of Wisconsin.
Governor Walker’s 2011- 2013 State Budget called for the largest cuts to public education and public services in state history and is still having a deep, devastating impact on the people of Wisconsin who were forced to absorb the cuts in the form of decreased services to their communities. The 2013-2015 State Budget continues to suffocate Wisconsin’s growth potential. Wisconsin currently ranks 42nd in job creation levels among 50 states. It is time for Governor Walker to stop rewarding his campaign financiers and get straight to the work of creating good jobs for Wisconsin.
The following points outline a few of the proposals in the State Budget which threaten the economic security and well-being of working families in Wisconsin. This document will be amended as ongoing analysis of the 2013-2015 budget continues.
This report traces the evolution of the American Right over the past few decades. It covers Right Wing ideology, the development of the New Right beginning in the 1960s, its extensive infrastructure and bold strategy. This report also explains how the Right came to successfully exploit single issues and manipulate religious faith to distract and direct middle class and working class voters to support candidates who are a threat to their economic interests. Hopefully, this summary will encourage a broad discussion on how to effectively challenge and defeat the American Right. To view report in PDF format, click here.
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