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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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Prevailing Wage sets the standard for fair wages in construction projects, ensuring that projects are completed on-time, on-budget, with wages that support local communities and local working families. Repealing Prevailing Wage disproportionately impacts veterans. After serving our country, many vets build their career in the construction trades. When you take away Prevailing Wage, you’re taking wages out of the pockets of hardworking construction workers, many of whom are veterans who have fought for our freedom. WATCH. Hear from proud Wisconsin Laborer and veteran Daren as he explains the importance of prevailing wage. Prevailing Wages save taxpayers money because highly skilled... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Huge news! The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in the legal battle to bring fair legislative maps to Wisconsin. The case, brought forward by the Wisconsin Fair Elections Project, found that in 2011 Gov. Walker and Republicans created and implemented legislative districts that are so extremely partisan that they violate the U.S. Constitution. Last year, a panel of federal judges ruled that Scott Walker’s maps are so skewed to favor Republicans that they violate the voting rights of Wisconsin citizens. Now the case is headed to the Supreme Court of the United States. This case continues to shine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
This Wednesday, June 14, lawmakers in Madison are expected to vote on a dangerous provision calling for a federal constitutional convention. A constitutional convention would re-open our Constitution, essentially putting our democracy and freedom up for grabs. If a constitution convention is held, at risk are the freedoms and rights we often take for granted such as the Bill of Rights, presidential powers, what policies our government can or cannot do, the rules and roll of Congress and the courts, etc. A constitutional convention could alter absolutely anything and everything about the way the United States is governed. Two-thirds of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Bernie Faust of Oshkosh, a 55-year member of the United Auto Workers Local 291, is heading to Washington D.C. with the Badger Honor Flight on June 7. The Honor Flight organization is a non-profit dedicated to transporting as many United States military veterans as possible to see the memorials of the respective war they fought in Washington, D.C. at no cost to the veterans. Faust will travel with other veterans for a day of honoring and remembering those who have served. Brother Faust served in the United States Navy from 1949 to 1957 as a “Tin Can Sailor.” Tin can... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Alert! The attack on parental rights and child labor law in Wisconsin is getting a vote tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2, in the Wisconsin Assembly. TAKE ACTION NOW: Send a note to your representatives standing up for strong child labor laws in Wisconsin. We must stop chipping away at protections for child workers. Introduced by Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R- Clinton) and Sen. Kapenga (R-Delafield), Assembly Bill 25 and Senate Bill 11 will completely eliminate the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) permit process currently required for children aged 16 and 17 entering the workforce. This bill removes needed oversight and seriously weakens... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Pat Ventura, a retired nurse and proud member of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, AFT (WFNHP) who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, was peacefully protesting Trump policies outside President Trump’s speech in Kenosha last Tuesday, when her nursing skills and experience were needed. When a Trump supporter collapsed nearby, Pat sprang into action with another nurse, accessing the man, contacting his family and letting him know that emergency services were on the way. “Nursing and kindness come first and politics comes second,” said Pat. “As a nurse and proud retired member of WFNHP I am... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Each and every day in this country, an average of 13 workers die on the job as a result of workplace injuries—women and men who go to work, never to return home to their families and loved ones. In 2015, more than 4,800 workers were killed on the job. But that is only a part of the deadly toll. Each year, between 50,000 and 60,000 workers die from occupational diseases caused by exposures to toxic chemicals and other health hazards. That’s a total of 150 workers dying each and every day. On April 28, Workers Memorial Day, throughout the world... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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AFSCME Local 526, which represents the workers at the Milwaukee Public Museum, held a major picket line Tuesday evening to protest the unexpected layoffs announced over a month ago by the Milwaukee Public Museum. The picket line was filled with AFSCME Local 526 members, AFSCME retirees, union members from an array of unions, museum members and community supporters. Community supporters, museum members, staff, and members from AFSCME Council 32, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, and the Milwaukee Area Labor Council joined the picket line to defend the work that has made MPM a beloved community resource for generations of Milwaukee families and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Working families have been attending Joint Finance Committee budget hearings with our budget summary in their back pocket to sound the alarm on many of the harmful proposals outlined in the budget. Our voices are working! On Thursday, the Joint Finance Committee identified 83 non-fiscal policy items in Walker’s budget and pulled them from the budget to be passed in separate bills by the legislature. The good news is some of the bad proposals outlined in our budget summary have been pulled. The bad news is many harmful proposals still remain in the budget and the pulled proposals could be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Gov. Walker’s proposed budget contains abundant cuts, restructures State departments, programs and agencies, puts in place an undemocratic scheme to eliminate license requirements for professions and occupations, eliminates prevailing wage standards, destroys checks and balances for workers by eliminating the Labor and Industry Review Commission, fails to establish a sustainable revenue source to fund our roads and infrastructure, and consolidates even more power into the Governor’s office. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO has put together a budget breakdown, highlighting the budget’s most egregious attacks on working families and communities across the state. View the full budget breakdown here. “Gov. Walker thinks this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 4, is election day in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO has endorsed candidates that will support working families and advance workplace rights. View the slate of union-approved candidates on the ballot this Tuesday, April 4. Polls will be open Tuesday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. You can look up your polling location, view a sample ballot and find out more about voting at: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/ Remember to bring your photo ID with you to the polls. If you are registering on Election Day bring proof of residence as well as your photo ID. There is a statewide race... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has been analyzing and breaking down Gov. Walker’s proposed 2017-2019 biennial budget. The budget is 989 pages long and make no mistake, there’s many provisions that will hurt working families and rollback workplace rights in Wisconsin. We’ve put together a budget summary document that outlines some of the most egregious parts of Walker’s budget. View the full document here. The budget contains abundant cuts, restructures State departments, programs and agencies, puts in place an undemocratic scheme to eliminate license requirements for professions and occupations, eliminates prevailing wage standards, destroys checks and balances for workers by eliminating... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Don’t forget! Spring Elections are this Tuesday, April 4. Along with a statewide race for Superintendent of schools, there are hundreds of local races across the state. Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, or you can early vote in person at your municipal clerk’s office before close of business on Friday, March 31. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO has endorsed Tony Evers for Superintendent of Public Instruction. You can find a list of union-approved candidates on the ballot all around the state here. Tony Evers understands that each and every Wisconsin child deserves a quality, public education... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Gov. Walker is so eager to rollback child labor protections in Wisconsin that he has designated Assembly Bill 25/Senate Bill 11, which would eliminate the permit process of child workers age 16 and 17, as an “emergency bill.” He is using this rarely used procedure to get around the normal legislative rule that no fiscal bill can be passed before the budget. This “emergency” is actually just a blatant assault on both parental rights and legislative norms designed to weaken child labor law. The bill is moving forward and will be voted on in the Joint Finance Committee this Monday.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Republican sponsored bill would rollback child labor safeguards and parental rights On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations is preparing to discuss a bill that would weaken child labor law in Wisconsin. Senate Bill 11 and Assembly Bill 25, introduced by Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R- Clinton) and Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), will make it easier for businesses to use child labor without sign off by parents by completely eliminating the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) permit process currently required for children aged 16 and 17 entering the workforce. “This bill seriously weakens Wisconsin’s strong child... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and local labor councils around the state have made endorsements for the April 4, 2017 general election. One the ballot is a statewide race for Superintendent of Public Schools and many local races. We've listed our endorsements by municipality and have made endorsements based on who will be best for working people in Wisconsin. Municipality Type of Seat Endorsed Candidate Name DPI Secretary Tony Evers City of Milwaukee Municipal Judge Valarie Hill City of Milwaukee Circuit Court Kristy Yang City of Milwaukee School Board Larry Miller City of Milwaukee School Board Tony Baez City of Milwaukee School... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Stand with CWA Local 4603 for a FAIR CONTRACT with AT&T Mobility on THURSDAY! The Communication Workers of America will be holding informational pickets Thursday, March 9 to support members whose contract expired on February 11, 2017. Join us to stand in solidarity with our union brothers and sisters at CWA as they fight for a fair contract. Informational Pickets to Support CWA Members Thursday, March 9 4:00pm-6:00pm AT&T Mobility Stores at the following locations: Appleton- 4347 W. Wisconsin, Appleton WI 54913 Brookfield- 17365 W. Bluemound Rd. Brookfield, WI 53045 Racine- 5502 Washington Ave, Mt. Pleasant WI 53406 RSVP to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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The Milwaukee Area Labor Council hosted a Labor Breakfast with Congresswoman Gwen Moore. In attendance were a wide range of leaders and workers from affiliates representing workers in Milwaukee as well as across Wisconsin. Representative Gwen Moore outlined upcoming legislation that will impact working people as well as pending court cases that could influence the lives of union members. She encouraged the audience to keep up the energy in contacting Congress and attending town halls and letting your lawmakers hear from you. Stating that she “doesn’t see this Administration being good on civil rights or labor rights,” Congresswoman Moore talked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Anti-worker Republicans in Wisconsin are hitting a new low. They’ve introduced a bill to make it easier for businesses to use child labor without sign off by parents. Assembly Bill 25 and its companion bill Senate Bill 11, introduced by Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R- Clinton) and Sen. Kapenga (R-Delafield), will completely eliminate the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) permit process currently required for children aged 16 and 17 entering the workforce. This bill seriously weakens Wisconsin’s strong child labor laws which are in place to protect the life, health, safety and welfare of children. It undermines parental rights by eliminating... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
The annual Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Community Services Conference will be held March 30, 31, and April 01 at the Madison Concourse Hotel. The conference will begin with a plenary session at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday , March 30. Registration will open that morning at 10:00 a.m. Registration Materials Are Available Here. 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. This conference really is a call to action - with the hope that the education and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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CWA Local 4603 held an informational picket to support members whose contract expired on February 11. Members gathered outside AT&T Mobility Store in Greenfield, Wisconsin and were joined by fellow union members in solidarity to spread the word that CWA members are currently fighting for a contract that protects Wisconsin jobs and supports working families. CWA represents over 45,000 workers at AT&T Mobility. Workers are covered by contracts based on location. Bargaining for the Orange contract began in January 2017. In Wisconsin, CWA Local 4603 represents workers at call centers and premise technicians for ATT Mobility. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Tuesday, February 21 is spring primary Election Day in Wisconsin. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Look up your polling location and view a sample ballot here. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has endorsed Tony Evers as Superintendent of Public Instruction in our neighborhood schools. Evers is in a three-way race and every vote counts! Tony Evers understands that each and every Wisconsin child deserves a quality, public education in a fully-funded school. Evers can be counted on work together with students, parents and educators to create a 21st Century public education system where every child gets... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Larry Cohen, former national president of the Communications Workers of America and a key leader of Our Revolution, will keynote the 36th Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Labor History Society Saturday, April 8, at the Madison Labor Temple. Cohen is board chair of Our Revolution, a group that includes many supporters of Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders and is committed to empowering unionists and other activists on progressive political and legislative causes. Entitled, “Building Workers Power: When Labor’s Under Attack, How Do We Fight Back,” the conference will hear about labor’s many successes against past challenges and to discuss strategies to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Check it out! Free and open to the public. The Labor History Films and Conversation is coming your way in the Spring of 2017. Location: Madison Central Public Library 201 West Mifflin Street in Madison The Lineup -- Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7 p.m., 201 W. Mifflin Street, Madison [Room 302]: ▪ The Inheritance (55 minutes; directed by Millard Lampell, 1964, USA). A film classic that treats US labor history from 1900-1964, highlighting private sector labor efforts of men and women to secure better working conditions, with music sung by Judy Collins. Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m., 201 W. Mifflin... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
This week, the Wisconsin legislature is taking up a bill that would hurt working families and our middle class. Senate Bill 3, and its companion bill Assembly Bill 24, would take away local control by barring state and municipal governments from engaging in certain activities related to Project Labor Agreements. The bill is expected to be voted on in the Senate on Wednesday, February 8 and taken up in the Assembly Labor Committee on Thursday, February 9. Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) build the middle class and help project workers’ rights and wages in the construction industry. PLAs are a tried... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog