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On August 29, fast food workers in Wisconsin made history by walking out on strike as part of the largest day of worker action in the history of the fast food industry. As part of the largest fast food strike in history, Wisconsinites led the way for higher wages and for the right to form their own union without interference or retaliation from their employers.
Join workers on December 5, as Wisconsin takes to the streets in a day of worker action. RSVP for the solidarity rally today!
Fast food chains like McDonald's reap billions in profit by paying poverty wages that force the families of their workers on to public assistance. A report by UC Berkeley revealed that fast food companies low pay ends up costing our state $166 million every year - and $7 billion nationally! Enough is enough. It's time to take action.
Stand up for all workers on Dec. 5 by hitting the streets. There will be actions in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee and Racine. RSVP to get information on the action closest to you.
The House and Senate Budget Committees are meeting NOW and they will consider:
Join us for a rally and public forum to save these programs from harmful cuts!
Who: Congresswoman Gwen Moore
Where: Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters Hall
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Tuesday and Wednesday – January 28-29, 2014
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We would like to encourage ALL affiliates to send at least one participant to the conference. The "investment" will be well worth it.
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014 to Saturday, March 22, 2014
This annual event promises excitement, education, and motivation - an agenda filled with workshops and keynote/political speakers! Specifics will be mailed out at a later date but we wanted to make sure you had the necessary information for planning and budgeting purposes. We would like to encourage ALL affiliates to send at least one participant to the conference. The "investment" will be well worth it. Below are materials available for printing
Contact: Ann McNeary
As we reflect on the actions all over the country by Walmart associates on Black Friday and consider the fact that people are working harder than ever and are still losing economic ground, we're reminded that the federal minimum wage is not enough. In a joint Op-Ed for CNN, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and National Employment Law Project Executive Director Christine Owens remind us that in the past 15 years, all wage increases have gone to the wealthiest 10%. Read more >>>
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.
The truth is that Gov. Walker’s policies have hurt our schools, our communities and our local economies.
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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Stephen Blaire, Catholic bishop of Stockton and a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ domestic policy committee, wrote the following Op-Ed, which appeared in the Sacramento Bee last week. Unions and Catholic leaders have long found common cause in advocating for policies that defend the dignity of workers and protect immigrant families. Over the past several years, we have worked together to win congressional approval of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Although such legislation has passed the U.S. Senate in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, the U.S. House of Representatives is now delaying consideration of either the Senate bill or its own version of reform. Read more >>>
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The Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO is conducting a raffle this fall to help support our community event activities. These activities are:
We need your help in selling these raffle tickets.
Please contact Bill Brockmiller 608.386.0753 or Ellen Parker 608.519.2206 for a supply of tickets and let the games begin!
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When Ben Hankins was looking to sell his house in St. Louis and find a new-construction home in the city, he wanted more out of the experience than an economic transaction. He did his research and found McBride and Son Homes, an employee-owned company that gives back to the community and builds its homes while building good jobs for skilled local union workers. Read more>>
The Milwaukee Area Labor Council, through the Community Service Liaisons Mike Balistriere, Annie Wacker and Jay Reinke, is again sponsoring a Food Drive for Pathfinders. The drive will run from November 1st through December 13th, 2013.
Please consider bringing a donation to the November or December Delegate meeting, the Labor Council office, or bring a donation with you to the Labor Council’s Holiday Party on December 13th. A food barrel will be placed in the Labor Council office for any donations. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated. Cash and check donations are also welcome. Checks should be made out to “Labor Community @ Work.”]
For further information contact Jay Reinke @ 414 771 7070 x16 or at email@example.com
Twenty-four women from the Transport Workers Union’s (TWU) Air Transport Division took a break from their three-day conference in Fort Worth, Texas, to build a home with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that allows deserving families to build a home alongside volunteers. Read more >>>
All Wisconsin high school students (grades 9-12) are eligible to participate in a High School Essay Contest conducted annually by the Wisconsin Labor History Society. The high school students are asked to write an essay of approximately 750 words on the following theme: “Unions have been important to my family and my community because …” and up to eight cash prizes are awarded for the best. The prizes will include one $500 first-place prize, one $300 second-place prize, one $200 third-place prize, and up to five $100 prizes for honorable mention.
Send completed essays to:
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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
This is a crosspost from The Wisconsin Budget Project, an initiative of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.
Nearly 900,000 people in Wisconsin will see a cut in their food assistance benefits starting Friday, November 1, making it harder for many Wisconsin families to put food on the table, according to a new Wisconsin Budget Project report. Read more...
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.
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).
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After a formal process including labor leaders and Wisconsin workers, the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has endorsed Elizabeth Coppola for Wisconsin’s 21st Assembly district. Read more....
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 an easy, printable list of Wisconsin Senate and Assembly members along with their contact information Click here
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.
(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.
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.
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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