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Wisconsin State AFL-CIO
Twenty-Eighth Biennial Convention
La Crosse · September 22-24, 2014

 

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 The Milwaukee Area Labor Council is running a member-to-member, Get-Out-The-Vote program for endorsed candidate Eyon Biddle in the race for Alderman in Milwaukee’s 15th district.

Refreshments will be provided, stop in and volunteer at 633 S Hawley Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53214.

Phone Banking Schedule

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: Noon to 7:00 p.m.
     

Canvassing Schedule

  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: Noon to 4:00 p.m.

 

Union Solidarity Jim Boyd Memorial Scholarship Bowling Tournament

         April 25-26, 2014 at Tower Lanes

        1660 N. Spring Street, Beaver Dam

Everyone is welcome to bowl in this 3-division (men, women, mixed handicapped team event) *Each team must include a union member

Click here for more details

Click here to print application

Proceeds benefit the Jim Boyd Memorial Scholarship Program for State Employees

Region 4 UAW and the Milwaukee County Department of Aging have come together to produce an event for all Milwaukee County retired workers.  The purpose of this event, Look Beyond Your Benefits is to connect retirees with their community resources.  Read more...

Click here for sponsorship information

For additional questions about this event, contact Bradley Schwanda, Region 4 UAW Retiree Coordinator at 847-459-3888.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Hickey, 414-573-7579, khickey@wisaflcio.org

(April 2, 2014) – After a collaborative and democratic process involving workers and leaders across the state, the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke for Wisconsin Governor in the 2014 November election.

Gov. Walker has attacked workers’ wages, protections and collective bargaining rights, dismantled voting rights, enacted hyper-partisan redistricting lines, and failed to create good jobs for hard-working Wisconsinites. Wisconsin ranks an unacceptable 35th in the nation in private sector job creation. In March, Wisconsin ranked #2 in the nation in job losses. It is blatantly clear that Wisconsin needs new leadership to get our economy back on track and put Wisconsinites back to work.  Read more...

David Newby, president emeritus of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and current president of the Wisconsin Fair Trade Coalition, will speak about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement and its impact on workers and the U.S. economy.

WHAT:   65th Annual Labor/Management Dinner
WHEN:   May 1, 2014
WHERE: Darboy Club
TIME:      Social hour is at 5:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. 
                   The cost is $20

Reservations are required by April 23. Click here for details

Tickets requested and payment to Nancy Biese, secretary of the Fox Valley Area Labor Council, W2891 Martin Lane, Appleton, WI 54915. For more information, call 920-358-7662 or email nancybz@att.net.

On April 28, 2014, the labor movement will once again observe Workers Memorial Day to remember workers who have been killed or injured on the job and to renew the fight for strong safety and health protections. The theme this year is “Safe Jobs Save Lives. Make Your Voice Heard.”

We urge you to get involved this Workers Memorial Day and organize actions, activities, or observances in your workplaces and communities to highlight the toll of job injuries and deaths, and demand improvements in job safety protections.

Please join us on Workers Memorial Day, to honor the victims of workplace injury and illness and to keep on fighting for the promise of safe jobs for all workers.

2014 Workers Memorial Day Materials

Workers Memorial Day Fact Sheet (English)
Workers Memorial Day Fact Sheet (Spanish)
Poster
Clip Art (PDF)
Sticker Art (PDF)
Workers Memorial Day Materials Order Form (PDF)
Report on Workers Memorial Day Events Form (PDF)

Materials can be downloaded here and multiple copies can be ordered through the AFL-CIO

Wisconsin workers called on elected officials like Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Paul Ryan and Gov. Walker to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 outside the Coggs Human Service Center in downtown Milwaukee today.
 

As the Americans United for Change Raise the Wage Bus Tour rolled into town, low-wage workers spoke out about life on poverty wages that force too many to rely on public assistance to make ends meet while their employers reap record profits. Read more...

This year's Bay View Tragedy commemoration promises to be every bit as inspiring as any the Society has held since we began the event in 1986.

A keynote address by Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt, memorable songs by labor's own folksinger Larry Penn, larger-than-life puppets to re-enact the 1886 massacre and the presence of the Solidarity Singers from Madison will be featured. The event will be held at:

WHEN:      Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm
WHERE:   
State Historical Marker Site
                        S. Superior St. and E. Russell Ave., Milwaukee
                        Click here to see map of location

Join us for the free event!

We urge all local unions and councils to consider participating in the 33rd Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Labor History Society.

When:    Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Where:   Emil Mazey Hall
                5425 Superior Ave., Sheboygan WI

The conference, "The Kohler Strikes: Three Decades of Struggle. What can labor learn? What works today?" features both reflections on the long UAW-Kohler struggles and a discussion of what labor can do to regain its power in the 21st Century.

We are pleased to announce that we have engaged Matthew Luskin, a lead organizer of the successful Chicago Teachers Union strike, to round out the program.

Luskin will be joined by two top labor speakers, including:

Roger Bybee, editor of the former Racine Labor newspaper, and Joe Burns, labor attorney and author of "Reviving the Strike."

It should be an informative and exciting conference.  For complete information and to register ONLINE, click here.  Click here to view program


All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>

Gov. Walker is again trying to confuse the public by making a partial veto of one piece of voting suppression while at the same time gutting Wisconsin’s proud and long-standing tradition of citizen access to the ballot. Taking a page out of the special interest ALEC playbook, Gov. Walker has eliminated weekend voting and limited early voting hours to Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., making it harder for people who work for a living to vote early. 

Gov. Walker can’t run on a record of attacking worker rights, failing to create jobs, denying justice to veterans who have fallen victim to asbestos disease and lowering wages and living standards for all workers, so he is resorting to gerrymandering and voter suppression tactics in an blatant attempt to rig elections.

The AFL-CIO today issued a report, NAFTA at 20, which summarizes the unfortunate experiences of workers in Mexico, Canada and the United States in the twenty years following passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). With the NAFTA model proving to be the template for additional trade deals in the past two decades and the Obama administration negotiating two massive trade deals, this report is particularly timely.

The AFL-CIO’s NAFTA at 20 can be found here

This report demonstrates that the high hopes of NAFTA proponents have not been realized. Instead, Read more...

Momentum is building for giving workers a raise! Poll after poll finds strong support among voters for raising the minimum wage.

A poll released March 13, 2014 by UW-Milwaukee shows deep support among Wisconsinites for increasing the minimum wage, with 77% of those polled in favor of a wage increase. The majority of poll respondents supported raising the wage to $10.10 an hour. Read more...

Dust off those fishing poles and get the kids outside for an exciting morning of catching bluegill and bass!  Free (see details)

When:   Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time:     9:00 to 11:30 AM
Where:  Pettibone Lagoon
               700 Pettibone Drive North
               La Crosse, WI

Volunteers, donations or providing doors prizes are needed to make this day a success.

For details click here or contact Bill Brockmiller, President WW AFL CIO at web4web@charter.net or by phone at 608-386-0753.

Event supported by La Crosse Parks and Recreation
 

Myth #1: “It’s too difficult to find products that are made in America or union-made”

Sure, finding American made and union-made products requires a little more effort than it did, say, 50 years ago when the vast majority of products were produced in the US and by union labor.

However, what most people don’t realize is that the little bit of effort is in fact very little. Thanks to the internet, Google, and some great websites, it’s become easier than ever to find great American and union-made products.  Read more

You can find a database of Wisconsin made products by clicking here.

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Membership in the Wisconsin Labor History Society is based on the calendar year. Stay informed and active by registering or renewing your membership NOW.

Click here for a form that provides complete information on available memberships, fees and methods of payment.

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IF YOU ARE NOT NOW A MEMBER, JOIN US: Annual memberships are $20 (or $10 for retirees or the unemployed), and several other levels of support are available. Click here.

Click here to view or print a one-page flyer describing the WLHS.

Gov. Walker is crisscrossing the nation in a full-court media tour to panhandle his book and distort the history of his administration.

Fortunately, Wisconsin workers are speaking out at home.

We want to hear from you! Join the People’s Book Review. Click here to share your reaction to Gov. Walker’s book or tell us how your life has changed for the worse in Walker’s Wisconsin.

The truth is that Gov. Walker’s policies have hurt our schools, our communities and our local economies.

Click here to read what real Wisconsinites have to say about life in Walker’s Wisconsin.

 

ONLINE:  Click here to make donations by PayPal or any major credit card.

CHECKS can be made payable to the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Defense Fund, 6333 W. Blue Mound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53213. On memo line write: STAND WITH WISCONSIN. (Donations are NOT tax deductible).  

Any support would be greatly appreciated!

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In 2011, Gov. Walker and the Republican controlled legislature passed one of the most controversial and crippling budgets in history. Just months after unveiling extreme attacks on collective bargaining, Gov. Walker continued his crusade on the middle class and signed a state budget that enacted the largest and most sweeping cuts to education, health care and state aid to local communities in the entire history of the state.  Read more...

Here's a list of Wisconsin Senate and Assembly members along with their contact information.

Other Legislative Information

The Wisconsin Legislature link gives you the home pages of Wisconsin's legislators (including e-mail addresses), bill tracking, statutes and constitution, support agencies, general information, and other legislative links.

The UAW’s 2014 Union-Built Vehicles List features quality, variety and fuel-efficient vehicles along with a number of new additions that represent new jobs for America’s workers.

Click here to print the 2014 UAW Union-Built Vehicles List

(Updated: March 30, 2012)

This summary covers some of the major losses for middle income and working class families during the administration of Governor Scott Walker. It details how the public policies promoted by the Walker administration represent a radical departure from Wisconsin values and traditions.

Click here for  "Losses" full-length  or "Losses" Talking Points

The latest poll of 800 registered voters in the state of Wisconsin shows incumbent Gov. Walker is neck-and-neck with democratic challengers heading into Wisconsin’s 2014 gubernatorial election. With a record of dismal job growth, attacks on workers’ rights and devastating cuts to public schools and health care for the poor, it is no wonder Gov. Walker is sinking fast in the eyes of the public.

The Marquette University poll shows that Wisconsin is ready for a new direction and new leadership.  Read more

Since June 2011 Wisconsin has lost more jobs than any other state. The two “special sessions on jobs” called by Governor Walker have failed to address this jobs crisis. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has developed a Jobs Agenda to Rebuild Wisconsin’s Middle Class. This updated version (click here to view or printout WI Jobs Agenda) calls for specific legislation that will truly help Wisconsin’s working families and it includes the specific bills that have been introduced, along with their co-sponsors.
 

Budget Attacks on Middle Class Families

Governor Walker’s proposed 2013-2015 Biennial State Budget is now being reviewed by the Legislature. It will cover the fiscal period from July 2013 through June 2015. It is clear that the Governor’s budget leaves Wisconsin’s families behind, doing more for his corporate donors and the wealthy than for the hard-working families of Wisconsin.

Governor Walker’s 2011- 2013 State Budget called for the largest cuts to public education and public services in state history and is still having a deep, devastating impact on the people of Wisconsin who were forced to absorb the cuts in the form of decreased services to their communities. The 2013-2015 State Budget continues to suffocate Wisconsin’s growth potential. Wisconsin currently ranks 42nd in job creation levels among 50 states. It is time for Governor Walker to stop rewarding his campaign financiers and get straight to the work of creating good jobs for Wisconsin.

The following points outline a few of the proposals in the State Budget which threaten the economic security and well-being of working families in Wisconsin. This document will be amended as ongoing analysis of the 2013-2015 budget continues.

Read more 2013-15 Budget Summary

This report traces the evolution of the American Right over the past few decades. It covers Right Wing ideology, the development of the New Right beginning in the 1960s, its extensive infrastructure and bold strategy. This report also explains how the Right came to successfully exploit single issues and manipulate religious faith to distract and direct middle class and working class voters to support candidates who are a threat to their economic interests. Hopefully, this summary will encourage a broad discussion on how to effectively challenge and defeat the American Right.  To view report in PDF format, click here.

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