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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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With the Workers Memorial Gazebo falling into disrepair at Zeidler Union Square Park in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin labor movement, together with community business partners, took action and spearheaded a Workers Memorial Gazebo Restoration Project. The Gazebo, which opened in 1995, has served as the launching ground for Labor Day marches and Workers Memorial Day commemoration events for decades. The Milwaukee Area Labor Council and the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO have a long-standing Memorandum of Understanding with Milwaukee County to be the stewards and keepers of the Gazebo. Zeidler Union Square came into being in 1995 when the Milwaukee County Board renamed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Gov. Walker’s 2017-2019 Budget will go to the Assembly for a floor vote. Later this week, the Budget will be taken up by the Senate for a floor vote. Once the Governor signs the Budget into law, it will be nearly three months overdue. The Budget Bill still contains many harmful proposals and provisions for working families. The State Assembly and Senate now have an opportunity to make changes to the Budget and improve the budget by removing items that hurt working people. It is imperative to make your voice heard in these final days... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Late last night, after months of waiting and delays, not to mention the day after a long Labor Day weekend when many families were discussing what happened on the first day of school, JFC Co-Chairs Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) released their 20-page Transportation Budget Motion. Their motion, passed along party lines, calls for a complete repeal of Wisconsin’s Prevailing Wage statutes: continuing the repeal of the local prevailing wage statute and repealing prevailing wage statutes for both state building projects and state highway projects. It also called for 200 jobs to be cut from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
The Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades invites all area Bikers to join them in the Third Annual Milwaukee Building Trades Annual Poker Run & Car Show on Saturday, September 9th. All proceeds will benefit Veteran’s organizations, Dryhootch and Veterans Outreach Wisconsin. Donations or contributions are accepted at the Building Trades office 5941 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee. The run will start at Sheehan’s Pub, 8741 N Granville Rd, Milwaukee. The first bike out will be at 11:00 am. Registration will be opened from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the start point. Entry fees are: Rider $25.00 / Rider & Passenger... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Americans across the country are giving labor unions the thumbs up. A new Gallup poll released today found that an overwhelming 61% of Americans support unions. This is the highest level of support since 2003. People understand that unions bring balance to our economy by putting a needed check on corporate power and greed. There’s no power like the power of coming together as a team in a union with your coworkers for a bigger paycheck, a safer workplace and a better life. Another Labor Day report unveiled today by the AFL-CIO shows that as the freedom to join a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
A new Labor Day report unveiled today by the AFL-CIO shows that working people are working more and taking fewer vacation days. The report is based on findings from a national survey conducted for the AFL-CIO by the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, and was produced in collaboration with the Economic Policy Institute and the Labor Project for Working Families. While 78% of workers say they have the day off on Labor Day, more than a quarter of those people expect to do some work, and more than half of those working will not receive overtime benefits. More than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Union families in the greater Madison area are holding a Harley Davidson Raffle to honor Elliott Copan, a member, officer and active volunteer for Plumbers Union Local 75 and former South Central Federation of Labor Executive Board member who passed away from cancer earlier this year. His wife together with Plumbers Local 75 are raffling off his Custom Motor Trike Harley Davidson. Honoring Elliot’s altruistic spirit, all proceeds from the raffle will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Research for Esophageal Cancer, and the Workers Memorial & Stage on the Madison Labor Temple grounds. Raffle Information: Raffle Tickets $20 PURCHASE tickets... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Wisconsinites have come to trust that we will receive high quality work by licensed professionals. Whether it is electricians, plumbers, health care providers, or welders, the public can rest easy knowing that these workers have been adequately trained, tested and licensed to ensure high-quality and safe service for all consumers as well as a safe, stable workplace for every worker. Now, after being pulled from the budget last spring, a bill that could weaken our current system of professional licensing, SB 288 and AB 369, is up for debate and passage in the legislature. SB 288 and AB 369 could... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
On Labor Day, we recognize and honor the achievements of all of America’s working people. As we enjoy the fellowship of our loved ones at a barbecue, fireworks or other community event, it also is important to reflect on the best ways working people can come together to build an economy that works for all of us. This Labor Day, we stand together for the freedom to collectively bargain together with your coworkers as a team for a better life. Join union brothers and sisters and community members around the state as we celebrate all who labor. On Labor Day,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
In order for the Foxconn deal to be a winner for Wisconsin, it must work for Wisconsin workers and taxpayers. The Foxconn incentive package should be inked with ironclad protections for taxpayers, local governments, and Wisconsin workers. Currently, the Foxconn bill, AU7 AB 1 and AU7 SB 1, is silent on worker protections, safety standards and the freedom to join a union. At the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, we’re calling on the Wisconsin Legislature to fix the Foxconn deal and include provisions outlined in our Statement of Principles for a Fair Foxconn Deal that put Wisconsin workers first, support workers’ rights,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
As the Wisconsin Legislature begins a special session to adopt a multi-billion-dollar incentive package to subsidize Foxconn, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO is outlining key principles that must be included in order for the deal to be fair for Wisconsin workers and taxpayers. The Foxconn incentive package should be inked with ironclad protections for taxpayers, local governments, and Wisconsin workers. Any deal must support good job creation standards, a safe workplace and the American freedom to stand together as a team with your coworkers to form a union. “Working people deserve the same freedom corporate CEOs have: the freedom to negotiate a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Don’t let Congress strip healthcare from millions of Americans. True freedom is having access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage despite having a preexisting condition. With the Affordable Care Act’s repeal moving in the Senate, it is time to stand together to save healthcare. On Medicare & Medicaid’s 52nd birthday it’s time to call for “Medicare-for-All.” Please join Wisconsinites including the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, Citizen Action of Wisconsin and SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin as we make an urgent call for publicly run health coverage to beat back the corporate private insurance industry. WHAT: Medicare-for-All Rally WHEN: 11:00 AM--12:00... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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 Jul 21, 2017 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
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
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
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: 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
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