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Registration for the conference is STILL OPEN!
Please get your form and registration fee in by Wednesday, March 12. The room block has expired so the hotel will only accommodate guests on a space and rate available basis.
We would like to encourage ALL affiliates to send at least one participant to the conference. The "investment" will be well worth it.
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014 to Saturday, March 22, 2014
This annual event promises excitement, education, and motivation - an agenda filled with workshops and keynote/political speakers!. We would like to encourage ALL affiliates to send at least one participant to the conference. The "investment" will be well worth it. Below are materials available for printing
Contact: Ann McNeary
Join us for a free all-day training! Entitled “Every Member an Organizer”
RSVP by contacting Greg Hinds at 920-540-2309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we can strengthen our union voices, take our fight to the streets and build a better Wisconsin.
A new report from researchers from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finds that not only is rising inequality a drag on economic growth, but that policies designed to lessen inequality through a moderate level of redistribution do not slow growth. While the report is clear in stating it isn't the official opinion or policy of the IMF, researchers Jonathan D. Ostry, Andrew Berg and Charalambos G. Tsangarides make a compelling case that austerity policies are bad for economic growth and that it isn't just morally sound to reduce income inequality, it's the economically wise choice, too. While countries have pursued policies focused heavily on deficit reduction and lower government spending, the new report suggests those legislative priorities may be the wrong approach to economic growth, joining a growing chorus of evidence from economic analysts that is pushing for a move away from austerity. Read more >>>
"The Continuing Struggle for Racial Equality and Economic Justice"
Join Norman Hill, President Emeritus, A. Philip Randolph Institute and Velma Hill
WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 2014
FREE TO THE PUBLIC - Refreshments will be served
For additional information contact Nacarci Feaster at email@example.com or 414-534-1735
The economy added 175,000 jobs in February—62,000 more than the January job gain but still far below what is needed for recovery—and the nation’s unemployment rate was nearly unchanged at 6.7%, compared with January’s 6.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of long-term unemployed people (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose by 203,000, increasing the number of long-term jobless workers to 3.8 million. Read more >>>
Tell your Legislator NO on AB 667! Take action here.
The State Assembly and Senate will soon consider several bills that will have a big impact on working people in the State of Wisconsin. These bills pose a frightening and stark reminder that workers' rights are constantly under attack in Wisconsin by GOP lawmakers who care more about scoring political points with big-business allies and campaign contributors than doing right by working people. Send an email to your legislator today and urge them to vote NO on these anti-worker, anti-family bills.
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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!
Last year, Denise Imundo’s husband had surgery on his neck that forced him out of the job market. He went four months without work, and although he was eligible to receive disability payments, they only covered one-third of his salary. And when the holidays approached, finances were getting tight.
But instead of racking up debt, the couple’s Union Plus Credit Card offers special assistance for eligible cardholders. Read more>>>
March 8th, 2014
Awards Banquet: 6:00 pm
DEADLINE to sign-up is FEBRUARY 21, 2014
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.
Speakers include Roger Bybee, editor of the former Racine Labor newspaper and prominent columnist; Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union and leader of a successful job action, and Joe Burns, labor attorney and author of "Reviving the Strike."
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.
All Wisconsin high school students (grades 9-12) are eligible to participate in a High School Essay Contest conducted annually by the Wisconsin Labor History Society. The high school students are asked to write an essay of approximately 750 words on the following theme: “Unions have been important to my family and my community because …” and up to eight cash prizes are awarded for the best. The prizes will include one $500 first-place prize, one $300 second-place prize, one $200 third-place prize, and up to five $100 prizes for honorable mention.
Submissions must be post-marked Feb. 14, 2014 or before.
Send completed essays to:
CHECKS can be made payable to the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Defense Fund, 6333 W. Blue Mound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53213. On memo line write: STAND WITH WISCONSIN. (Donations are NOT tax deductible).
Any support would be greatly appreciated!
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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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