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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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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
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Our brothers and sisters with UAW Local 291 in Oshkosh have gone on strike for a fair and equitable contract at AxleTech. The dedicated members of UAW Local 291 are fighting to preserve good, family-supporting jobs in Oshkosh. Click here to sign a solidarity petition and show our striking brothers and sisters you stand with them and have their back during the strike. The men and women of UAW Local 291 are taking a brave stand for the middle class. As workers’ wages lag and corporate profits continue to go disproportionately to the top, striking workers are standing up to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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(February 6, 2017) -- The Wisconsin AFL-CIO called today on AxleTech International to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair and equitable contract.United Auto Workers Local 291 voted overwhelming to reject a company contract proposal on Saturday, January 28, 2017 and went on strike starting Monday, February 6, 2017. “The men and women of UAW Local 291 at AxleTech are taking a brave stand for the middle class,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. “As workers’ wages lag and corporate profits continue to go disproportionately to the top, striking workers are standing up to say ‘stop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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On Wednesday, two Republican Congressman, Steve King of Iowa and Joe Wilson of South Carolina, introduced “Right to Work” legislation on the national level. Today, Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that President Trump “believes in Right to Work” and Vice President Mike Pence “has been a champion of this as well.” We know firsthand in Wisconsin that Right to Work does nothing to create jobs or help workers get ahead. Right to Work is union-busting legislation designed to give corporations more power in the workplace and tilt the balance even further against working people. We can’t stand silently by while... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Great news! Federal judges have just ordered Gov. Walker and the legislature to redraw Assembly districts for the state of Wisconsin. A panel of three judges previously ruled that the 2011 maps drawn by Walker & Republicans were unconstitutional because their hyper-partisan nature trampled on the rights of voters to have a fair say in our democracy. Now, the courts have ordered that new, less partisan Assembly maps be drawn. Redrawing Assembly maps will also impact Senate maps as there are 3 Assembly district in each Senate district. The new maps must be drawn by November 1, 2017 and be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor, has spent his career rigging the system against workers, some of which even made less than minimum wage at his establishments. The fast-food CEO of Hardee’s and Carl's Jr. has made a career out of shortchanging workers while lining his own pockets. Carl's Jr. workers testified at Capitol Hill last week, Mother Jones reports: "Mr. Pudzer took a company that I loved and turned it into a business that makes money by stealing from its workers," Laura McDonald, a former 20-year employee at Carl's Jr., told the hearing. "I honestly can't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
“Gov. Walker failed to lay out a vision that will grow Wisconsin’s middle class or help working people get ahead,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. “We didn’t hear much from Scott Walker on how he plans to boost workers’ wages or create good, family-supporting jobs. Wisconsin workers are still waiting for the 250,000 jobs Gov. Walker promised during his first term. Seven years later, we’re still waiting for Scott Walker to hit his job growth goal.” “The new legislative session gives both Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike a chance to renew their focus on helping working families... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Our brothers and sisters in Kentucky are facing egregious union-busting attacks from their state legislature this week. Republicans in Kentucky have decided to kick off their new legislative session with Right to Work and other union-busting legislation designed to lower wages and slash basic workplace safety and rights for all workers. Show your support for workers who are standing up and fighting back. Sign our petition of solidarity to the Kentucky AFL-CIO. We know that an injury to one is an injury to all. These anti-worker bills, designed to lower wages for all working people and further erode the rights... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Wisconsin workers are sending solidarity as Right to Work and attacks on prevailing wage fly through Kentucky legislature. Republicans in Kentucky have decided to kick off their new legislative session with union-busting legislation designed to lower wages and slash basic workplace rights.Anti-worker bills are being rushed through in an "emergency legislation" leaving absolutely no time for public debate and input. Dangerous and destructive bills like Right to Work, paycheck deception and the elimination of prevailing wage are being rocketed through the Kentucky legislature. Workers are sounding the alarm and speaking out against these bad bills, but some legislators refuse to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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This holiday season, take the “Buy Wisconsin Challenge” and pledge to buy Wisconsin-made or union-made gifts for your loved ones. Let’s harness our working families purchasing power to support Wisconsin workers and good jobs in order to support our neighbors and boost local economies across the state. Support local workers and local jobs, Buy Wisconsin! Find great Wisconsin-made products for the Buy Wisconsin Challenge at: http://buywi.org/ Wisconsin-Made Gift Ideas • Regal Ware Pots and Pans made in West Bend. (USW) • Wigwam Socks made in Sheboygan. (UFCW) • Rowe Pottery made in Cambridge. • Miller Beer made in Milwaukee. (UAW... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
We stand in solidarity with Chuck Jones and all the brothers and sisters of United Steelworkers (USW) Local Union 1999 who are fighting to protect good American jobs at Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis, Indiana. To show your solidarity use #ImWithChuck on social media. On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to personally attack Chuck Jones, president of USW local 1999 which represents workers at Carrier. Trump went on his tirade after Jones and other Carrier workers spoke truth to power to correct the record about Trump’s claims that he saved 1,100 jobs at Carrier from moving to Mexico. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
From Flint to Milwaukee, we know that our drinking water infrastructure is in dire need of repair. Thankfully, Congress is doing something to assist communities with replacing harmful lead pipes that carry our drinking water and other drinking water challenges facing communities. The Water Resources Development Act is currently moving through Congress. It’s a good bill with bipartisan support. But, just this week Rep. Paul Ryan removed key ‘Buy America’ provisions from the bill that would ensure that the iron and steel used in updating and replacing our pipes would be made in America. It’s up to us to make... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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As you fill your cart with Thanksgiving Day fixings, double check that you are supporting good jobs and America’s middle class by purchasing union made in America products. We can all do our small part to support our brothers and sisters who make great food items to put on our table next Thursday. From Ocean Spray products, some of which are made right here in Wisconsin by members of the Machinists Union, to Birdseye Vegetables made in Darien, WI by United Food and Commercial Workers to Pillsbury crescent rolls, made by Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers workers -- there’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
The ideals of the American labor movement – an honest wage for a day’s work, a strong and prosperous middle class, quality jobs for all and leaving behind a better world for the next generation -- stand as strong today as they did yesterday. Do not let disappointment or despair become silence. As working people and active members of our great democracy, it is up to us to make sure that workers’ ideals and voices are part of each and every conversation. This election represents a seismic shift in how we think about politics and our economy. Let’s be honest,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Polls are now open across Wisconsin until 8:00 p.m. As long as you are in line by 8:00 p.m. you can stay and cast your ballot. We urge you to support working family champions UP AND DOWN the ballot. Click here for a list of statewide WI AFL-CIO endorsed candidates. Check to make sure your ballot is completely filled. Don’t let this historic Election pass you by. Take the time to cast your ballot for Hillary Clinton and Russ Feingold and be a part of our great democratic process. Check on friends, family and neighbors. Make sure they have a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog