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With 250,000 members, the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO is the voice of Wisconsin's working families.
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It’s good to win! And on Tuesday, June 12, our endorsed candidate, Caleb Frostman, won the special election in Senate District 1 in northeast Wisconsin. Remember, Scott Walker did everything he could to try to stop this election from happening, and it’s clear why – our candidate won big. This is huge. It’s the second Senate district to flip to a union-endorsed candidate in the last few months, and means the Republican advantage in the Senate has been cut in half. We have momentum for working families in Wisconsin. We need more leaders who care about our values of raising... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
It is special election day in Wisconsin with close races in Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO has endorsed Caleb Frostman in Senate District 1 and Ann Groves Lloyd in Assembly District 42. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lookup your polling place. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID. You can still register to vote today with proof of residence. Grab your friends and family and head to the polls. Check to see if any neighbors need assistance getting to their polling location. The time is now to continue to build... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO announced today its endorsement of Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate. “Tammy Baldwin is leading the charge in Congress to keep products Made in America and Made in Wisconsin,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. “Her steadfast support of Wisconsin workers in all sectors of our economy has earned her the endorsement of Wisconsin’s union men and women. We know Senator Tammy Baldwin will continue to protect America’s middle class by ignoring the special interests and fighting for the people.” “Tammy Baldwin is a partner in the labor movement’s determined effort to win economic justice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Ready, set, vote! After months of Gov. Walker delaying democracy, Wisconsinites in Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42 are finally getting the chance to fill vacant seats in our Wisconsin legislature. The special election in these two districts is set for Tuesday, June 12, 2018. This is a great opportunity to restore some balance to the state legislature, elect politicians who care about creating family-supporting jobs and get Wisconsin working for the people again. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has endorsed: Ann Groves Lloyd in Assembly District 42. Ann Groves Lloyd is an American Federation of Teachers union member. ​... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Join International Association of Fire Fighters President Harold Schaitberger and Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt for a rally with fire fighters and Wisconsin workers in support of gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell. Click here for a rally flyer! Rally for Gubernatorial Candidate Mahlon Mitchell Monday, June 11 9:00 a.m. Concourse Hotel 1 West Dayton Street, Madison Working people are energized for the November election and we are starting now as we support fire fighter Mahlon Mitchell as the best candidate for Governor. Mahlon Mitchell will protect union rights, raise wages for working families and bring people together to create a fair... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
With help from local Wisconsin unions, labor councils and building trades councils, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Work Boots on the Ground ‘Take Kids Fishing Day’ events were held over the June 2-3 weekend in La Crosse, Eau Claire, Janesville and Madison. The events gave hundreds of Wisconsin children the chance to enjoy the thrill of baiting hooks, eating a picnic lunch, taking home prize giveaways – and reeling in some nice fish! All fishing events were free and open to the public thanks to the generous volunteerism, sponsorship and support of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO, the South Central Wisconsin Building and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
ICYMI: The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has endorsed fire fighter Mahlon Mitchell for Wisconsin Governor! Wisconsinites are ready for change in November. After 8 years of Gov. Scott Walker pushing partisan policies that reward campaign donors at the expense of the rest of us, it is time for a new Governor who will put the people first. Mahon Mitchell, a fire fighter and union leader, is a champion of the people and the best candidate for Governor. Mahlon Mitchell is devoted to improving Wisconsin for all families instead of doing the bidding of out-of-state campaign donors. As a fire fighter for... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
A Senate bill set to be voted on today, Tuesday, May 22, could lead to a total dismantling and privatization of the health care system our veterans want and need. We need you to pick up the phone and call our Senators at 833-480-1637 and tell them you strongly oppose to the VA MISSION Act (S. 2372). Workers on the frontlines of the VA have proposed changes that would protect the future of the VA health care system including keeping essential primary care services within the VA. Yet none of these changes were made in Congress. Every dollar spent on... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
OCONOMOWOC – Members of the Waukesha County Labor Council and Painters & Allied Trades, District Council No. 7 will be volunteering at Three Harbors Council, Boy Scouts of America camp Indian Mound Scout Reservation (IMR) located in Oconomowoc. PPG’s industrial coatings plant in Oak Creek donated 20 gallons of PPG PAINTS™ SPEEDHIDE® paint and materials to freshen up the outside of the rifle and archery range on May 19, 2018. Shur-line in St. Francis donated painting products including brushes and rollers. Volunteers, coordinated by the Waukesha County Labor Council, will be doing the painting. The project begins at 8 a.m.... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Fire fighter Mitchell ready to lead Wisconsin and create a better economy for working people The Wisconsin AFL-CIO is proud to announce the endorsement of Mahlon Mitchell for Wisconsin Governor. As a fire fighter serving the community for over 20 years, Mahlon Mitchell is a leader who will fight for all of Wisconsin. “The working men and women of the Wisconsin labor movement are proud to support fire fighter Mahlon Mitchell in his bid to unseat Gov. Walker in the 2018 Wisconsin gubernatorial election,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. “As a union member and leader, Mitchell best... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Dust off those fishing poles and get the kids outside for an exciting morning of catching bluegill and bass with union brothers and sisters! The Building and Construction Trades Councils of South Central Wisconsin and Western Wisconsin, together with the Union Sportsmen Alliance and local labor councils are hosting the annual “Take Kids Fishing Day” this June! La Crosse Saturday, June 2 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pettibone Lagoon 700 Pettibone Drive North La Crosse, WI 54601 Pre-register by May 31 to Eau Claire Sunday, June 3 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Brauns Bay, 520 Carson Park Dr. Eau... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
The 26th annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger food drive is set for this Saturday, May, 12. Fill the blue bag left by your letter carrier with non-perishable food donations and leave it by your mailbox before mail delivery on Saturday. Your letter carrier will collect the bag on Saturday, May 12. All donations stay local! The 2017 Stamp Out Hunger food drive collected more than 80 million pounds of non-perishable food. Saturday’s food drive is the largest one-day food drive in America and it is union-made. National partners with the NALC include the National Rural... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Federation says Palzewicz will stand up for working families and protect American workers Brookfield, WI — Tom Palzewicz, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin’s 5th district, today announced the endorsement of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “Tom will be a steadfast supporter of America’s workforce and will oppose any attempts to weaken our country’s labor protection laws,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “Tom’s background as a Navy veteran and small business owner gives him a unique chance to bridge the partisan divide and bring responsible leadership back to the 5th congressional district.” “I know... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
APRIL, 26, MILWAUKEE, WI – Wisconsin working people are proud to support Ironworker Randy Bryce for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district. As a union ironworker for 20 years, Randy Bryce knows that everyone who works hard deserves a fair shot at the American Dream. “Randy Bryce will fight for working class issues like creating good Wisconsin jobs, building a better economy and protecting the freedom to collectively bargain with your employer for a fair wage, a safe workplace and a work-life balance,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “The hardworking men and women of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Through decades of struggle, working people and their unions have improved working conditions and made jobs safer. From the creation of OSHA, to training requirements, supplied safety gear, licensing standards and asbestos regulations, workers and unions in tandem with our government have made strides towards creating workplaces safer for all. Now, The Trump administration, the Republican majority in Congress and business lobbyists have launched an all-out assault on regulations, workers’ rights and protections. President Trump issued an executive order that requires two existing safeguards be removed for every new protection issued. President Trump has proposed to slash the budget for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
On April 28, Wisconsin workers will join together with communities across the globe to pay tribute to workers killed on the job. In cities, towns, union halls, at worksites and memorials, in community after community, workers will commemorate those we lost and press forward for stronger protections for safer workplaces. Each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs. Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. Some employers cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives. Workers who report job hazards or job injuries are often... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Join Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 4603 families for a candlelight vigil as the AT&T Midwest Contract expires on Saturday, April 14. Stand in solidarity with CWA to show AT&T that we support our union brothers and sisters and are joined together as one labor movement to demand a fair contract. AT&T Contract Expiration Candlelight Vigil Saturday, April 14th- 8:30pm AT&T Office 722 N. Broadway, Milwaukee CWA members are standing together to negotiate a fair contract at AT&T Midwest that prioritizes job security, job creation, healthcare, and retirement. Bargaining for AT&T Corp. (Legacy T) and AT&T Midwest began on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Jump start your career in the trades with the upcoming IBEW Local 494 Job Fair in 'Tosa. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Brothers and Sisters, Voters in Wisconsin sent a loud message Tuesday night and overwhelming elected Wisconsin AFL-CIO endorsed candidate Rebecca Dallet to a 10-year term on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. Union-backed candidates won up and down the ballot across the state as voters went to the polls in large numbers to put a check on Gov. Scott Walker. Union members have been knocking on neighbor’s doors and calling fellow brothers and sisters to spread the word on endorsed candidates and educate why Rebecca Dallet is the best choice for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. On Tuesday night, the hard work of countless union... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Today is Election Day! Get to the ballot for Dallet TODAY Tuesday, April 3. Polls are open until 8:00 p.m. REMEMBER: You will need a photo ID to vote. You can register to vote with proof of residence and your photo ID at your polling station. Look up your polling place, view a sample ballot and more voter resources at: The Wisconsin AFL-CIO has endorsed Rebecca Dallet for Supreme Court Justice. Local labor councils have made endorsements for local races and ballot referendums across the state. View endorsed candidates at: Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Tomorrow is an important day for Wisconsin. We will elect a new Supreme Court Justice. Working families of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO have endorsed Rebecca Dallet for Supreme Court. Local labor councils have also made endorsements in hundreds of local races around the state. Click here to find union-approved candidates on the ballot Tuesday, April 3, in your neighborhood. Make a plan to vote tomorrow Tuesday, April 3. Remind your friends, family and neighbors. Make sure anyone who needs help to the polls has a way to get there. Rebecca Dallet has 23 years’ experience as a prosecutor and a judge... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
UPDATE: March 29, 2018 -- After 3 separate judges rejected Gov. Walker's desperate attempts to not call special elections, Gov. Walker abandoned his bid to ask the Supreme Court to delay the special elections. Special elections have been called for Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42. The Senate also dropped its bid to change special election law to undercut judge's ruling. March 28, 2018 -- Gov. Walker is again trying to rig democracy to his favor. Instead of obeying the rule of law and following the decisions of judge after judge after judge, Gov.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
We are just days away from the 2018 Spring Elections in Wisconsin. On April 3, 2018 Wisconsinites will elect a new Supreme Court Justice to the bench. This race is so important to the lives of Wisconsinites. Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Dallet has the experience and values to best represent the rights of Wisconsin citizens on the Supreme Court. Vote Dallet on April 3. There are hundreds of local races and many referendums across the state. View a list of union-approved candidates for your area. Today is a great time to remind your friends and family that an election is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
You don’t have to wait until Tuesday, April 3 to cast your ballot in the 2018 Spring Elections. In-person absentee voting is underway in Wisconsin. You can vote absentee at your municipal clerk's office until Friday, March 30. Check with your local municipal clerk for hours and locations. Some locations, like Milwaukee, even have Saturday hours. Remember to bring your photo ID. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO has endorsed Rebecca Dallet for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice. This is a close race that is of vital importance to each and every Wisconsinite. The Supreme Court issues decisions that impact every facet of life... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Employees at Northwestern Mutual are standing up against the company’s efforts to outsource their jobs and employ temporary agency workers, despite an agreement with the city to keep jobs in Milwaukee. “The public needs to know Northwestern Mutual has broken its agreement to create and keep good jobs in Milwaukee,” said Local 35 President Alesha Monk. “The company is trying to force the union to allow them to outsource or subcontract jobs to cities outside of Milwaukee and even Wisconsin, despite the fact they received a whopping $50 million tax incentive to keep jobs here in the city when they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog