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The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO is the voice of Wisconsin's working families.
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Wisconsin union members are working to elect pro-worker candidates up and down the ballot who have a plan to prioritize working families while in office: from protecting retirement security, to advancing safety at work, raising wages, combating inflation, advocating our freedom to collectively bargain, and more. Get involved with our Labor 2022 voter education and mobilization program today. This Saturday, join union members for a canvass and cookout with Attorney General Josh Kaul at the South Central Federation of Labor in Madison. Click here for a list of volunteer events around the state. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Union members are talking to fellow union members on the doorstep, over the phone, and at the workplace about the issues that matter most to working families this November. From protecting retirement security, to advancing safety at work, raising wages, combating inflation, protecting our freedom to collectively bargain and more. Wisconsin union members are working to elect pro-worker candidates up and down the ballot who have a plan to prioritize working families while in office. Get involved with our Labor 2022 voter education and mobilization program today. Sign up at wisaflcio.org/mobilize. Click here for a schedule of October door-to-door canvasses... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Labor’s continual challenges against union-busting will be discussed at the 41st Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Labor History Society to be held Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., Madison. Entitled, “Fighting the Union-Busters: A historical look at anti-unionism and labor’s response for the future,” the conference will open with a speech from Lane Windham, Associate Director, Kalmanovitz Institute for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. She is the author of “Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide” (UNC Press, 2017), and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Get all the updates from the 32nd biennial convention of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO at organizemobilizewin22.org. View photos from the 2022 Convention here. Delegates to the 32nd biennial convention of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO met at the Concourse Hotel in Madison on September 19 and 20. At this convention, we build power for workers through the state federation by engaging union leaders and union members on issues that matter most to working families. Delegates elected new federation officers with President Stephanie Bloomingdale re-elected as President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO and Marcos Alfaro, USW Local 125, elected Secretary-Treasurer. New members of the Wisconsin... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Union members are hitting the streets to talk with union members about the importance of the upcoming November 8, 2022 midterm elections. Join our Labor 2022 voter education and mobilization program at upcoming canvasses and phone banks as we go door-to-door and make phone calls to talk about the issues important to voters. As we build momentum for a pro-worker agenda at the local, state and federal level, we mobilize our members to vote to protect our freedoms as workers to advance our rights at work. Get involved at wisaflcio.org/mobilize. Training will be provided. Labor 2022 Saturday Canvasses Eau Claire:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Labor Day 2022 was one for the history books in Wisconsin! Working people celebrated across the state with picnics, parades, car shows, and celebrations in Milwaukee, Madison, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Green Bay, Neenah, Oshkosh, Wausau and Superior/Duluth. After marching through the streets of Milwaukee, union members gathered at the Summerfest grounds to hear from President Joe Biden, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Governor Tony Evers addressed the crowd. Pam Fendt, President of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council kicked off the event introducing AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. Milwaukee Laborfest and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement welcoming President Biden and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh to Wisconsin on Labor Day: “It’s an honor to have President Joe Biden and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh join Wisconsin union men and women on Labor Day,” said Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale. “We proudly welcome President Biden to Wisconsin to honor workers and celebrate all the labor movement has done to improve lives and workplaces. We look forward to continuing to work with the Biden Administration to uplift working families and build our American middle class with strong... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Happy Labor Day! As you take time to celebrate and honor working people this Labor Day, we wanted to share a special Labor Day message from Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale. This editorial was first published in the Wisconsin Examiner and can be viewed and shared online. The Wisconsin labor movement is ready to fight to protect the freedoms of all workers. As public support for unions continues to see historic highs, the time is now to organize, mobilize, and win for workers. Resurgent Labor Movement Empowers All Workers By Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO This Labor Day,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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As we head into Labor Day weekend, we wanted to make sure you had all the information necessary to celebrate working people and the accomplishments of the labor movement with friends, family and coworkers. Find a Wisconsin Labor Day parade, picnic, or celebration near you. Sign up to volunteer with our Labor 2022 political mobilization program at wisaflcio.org/mobilize. If you are planning to celebrate Labor Day with President Joe Biden, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler in Milwaukee, the parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m. from Zeidler Union Square Park. Summerfest Grounds will open at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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The dedicated nurses at UW Health have made the difficult decision to strike on Sept. 13-16 for quality patient care and recognition of their union. Nurses will deliver the official 10-day strike notice today. UW nurses care for us, our neighbors, our loved ones and family members during our time of need. They save lives and have been on the frontlines of the entire pandemic. The strong majority of nurses at UW Health have been calling for union recognition for nearly three years. The UW Health administration refuses to recognize their union. As UW Health nurses prepare to strike, show... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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On Labor Day we honor and celebrate the contributions of America's working people. We know what our union means to us. With a strong union, we have power on the job, and that means we earn a fair share for the work we do. From making sure we have the health care we need, advancing safety on the job and securing better wages that lift up communities, unions are key to the prosperity of working families. This year, support for unions remains at record highs with 71% of the public supporting unions and workers taking action to organize and improve... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement announcing the labor federation’s endorsement of Brad Pfaff for Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District. “As Senator for Wisconsin’s 32nd senate district, Brad Pfaff has a 100 percent Wisconsin AFL-CIO working families voting record,” said Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. “We know that once in Congress, Senator Pfaff will continue to fight for the rights of all Wisconsin workers in order to advance a fair and just economy. As a lifelong Wisconsinite, Brad Pfaff deeply understands the issues facing Wisconsin working people and will prioritize the needs of all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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On Friday, the House passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a historic bill to lower health care and energy costs, boost domestic production of clean energy and create a fairer tax system. The bill tackles two of the biggest drivers of increasing costs: health care and energy prices. By capping prescription drug prices and ramping up America’s clean energy industry, this bill will not only support seniors, it also will create a cleaner environment for future generations. Specifically, the Inflation Reduction Act will: Allow Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices for seniors. Create inflation caps for Medicare prescription drugs. Improve... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Wisconsin’s Fall Primary is Tuesday, August 9. Do you have a plan to vote? Lookup your polling place and preview what is on your ballot at myvote.wi.gov. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO is proud to support Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate, Tony Evers for Wisconsin Governor, and Josh Kaul for Attorney General. Click here to view a list of our current candidate endorsements. In-person early voting is still happening in some locations. Check with your municipal clerk for available early vote times and locations in your area. If you plan to vote by mail-in absentee ballot, make sure you return your completed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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The Inflation Reduction Act will fight inflation by cutting the cost of health care and energy for millions of Americans. It’ll fix our broken tax system where corporations and the megarich don’t pay their fair share. Add your name to thank the senators who are voting to pass this bill. Tax corporations and reduce costs for working people? These policies are just common sense—which is why 73% of voters support this bill. Here are eight ways the Inflation Reduction Act will help working people: Negotiate lower drug prices for seniors. Cap future drug price increases. Improve Medicare prescription benefits. Prevent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Wisconsin's Fall 2022 Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. On the ballot will be the Governor's race, a U.S. Senate seat, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Wisconsin Senate and Assembly races. View what's on your ballot at myvote.wi.gov. Get involved with our member to member political mobilization program to talk with union members about the importance of voting for pro-union candidates at wisaflcio.org/mobilize and check back to this page for more endorsements. View the October schedule of volunteer opportunities here. Wisconsin AFL-CIO Fall 2022 Election Endorsements *indicates candidate is a union member Office District Endorsed Candidate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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The Wisconsin AFL-CIO is proud to announce our endorsement of Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate. Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale released the following statement announcing the labor federation’s endorsement: “Mandela Barnes grew up in a proud union household. He understands the role unions play in building strong communities and providing families with opportunities to get ahead. As Wisconsin’s next U.S. Senator, Mandela will fight for policies that create good jobs, boost American manufacturing, and invest in Wisconsin’s working people. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO is proud to support Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate.” This November, it’s time to send Ron Johnson... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement announcing the labor federation’s endorsement of Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate: “Mandela Barnes grew up in a proud union household. He understands the role unions play in building strong communities and providing families with opportunities to get ahead. As Wisconsin’s next U.S. Senator, Mandela will fight for policies that create good jobs, boost American manufacturing, and invest in Wisconsin’s working people. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO is proud to support Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate.” Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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On Wednesday, White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu visited Milwaukee to see firsthand the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act dollars at work. Union members from the Wisconsin Laborers, Plumbers Union, Operating Engineers, and IBEW met with Landrieu to tour a lead pipe replacement site on Milwaukee’s southside. Wisconsin’s working men and women are hard at work replacing lead pipes across Wisconsin so that every child can have safe, clean drinking water in the home. Investment from President Biden’s infrastructure bill will speed up remediation work to ensure healthy families and safer communities. Speaking at the worksite press conference were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Wisconsin union members gathered for a rally hosted by the Communications Workers of America to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Working people gathered outside Senator Ron Johnson’s downtown office in Milwaukee to urge the Senator to support workers and good jobs by supporting and passing the PRO Act in the Senate. Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Mandela Barnes, Sara Godlewski, and Alex Lasry joined the rally to show their support for working people and the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. State Assembly Representative Christine Sinicki, Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale, CWA Staff Representative Clinton Rodgers and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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The Wisconsin AFL-CIO is proud to announce our endorsement of Ann Roe for Wisconsin’s first Congressional District. Roe, a former educator and 25-year resident of Janesville, is challenging Rep. Bryan Steil to represent the people of Wisconsin in Congress. “Ann Roe understands that strong unions are the backbone of our middle class and stands ready to fight for the rights of all Wisconsin workers so we can have a fair and just economy,” said Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale. “Ann is a community leader having served on Downtown Janesville’s board, including as President. She will work hard to better our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Our brothers and sisters of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (WFNHP), AFT union have been on the front lines caring for our loved ones throughout the increased risks and pressures of the pandemic. WFNHP union members at Aspirus Langlade Hospital in Antigo have been in contract negotiations for over half a year and have been working without a contract for the last several months. Nurses need your support as they ramp up the fight for a fair contract. Support WFNHP Members at Aspirus Langlade Hospital in their fight for a fair contract: Join nurses, health professionals, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement of congratulations to Elizabeth H. Shuler on her election as President of the AFL-CIO and to Fred Redmond on his election as AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer. AFL-CIO Officers were elected at the AFL-CIO’s 29th Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. “Congratulations to AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler who is steering our fierce labor movement towards a bold, bright and cutting-edge future. As a long-time IBEW member, President Shuler has marched alongside Wisconsin workers and has repeatedly been on the ground over the years to listen with and engage workers from all backgrounds. Her steadfast... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
Dust off those fishing poles, the union-sponsored Take Kids Fishing Day is just around the corner on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. This great community event aims to introduce young people to the benefits and joys of fishing while showing the next generation how to safely enjoy Wisconsin’s outdoors. This event is free and open to the public but limited to the first 100-150 kids who register. All participants must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperon. After the fishing, be sure to stick around for a union-sponsored picnic-style lunch. Eau Claire: Braun’s Bay, 520 Carson Park... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog
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Video game workers who work at Activision Blizzard-owned Raven Software in Madison have won their NLRB union election in a landslide! Quality assurance testers have come together as the Game Workers Alliance (CWA) to become the first union at a major video game maker and just the second video game union in the United States. "Five months ago, we formed the Game Workers Alliance-CWA on the principles of solidarity, sustainability, transparency, equity, and diversity,” said members of the Game Workers Alliance. “Management at Activision Blizzard worked tirelessly to undermine our efforts to establish our union, but we persevered. Our biggest... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Blog