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Last year, in communities all across the country, millions of Americans mobilized and called for an economy that works for all of us.

More workers were involved in strikes and other labor disputes in 2018 than at any point in the past three decades, fueled by widespread teacher protests last spring, according to data releas

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement on Gov. Tony Evers’ first biennial budget address on February 28, 2019.

“Gov. Evers laid out a commonsense, bipartisan budget this evening. Within his budget are many proposals that help working families and strengthen the health and well-being of communities across the state.

If an investor was searching for the country’s most explosively successful commodity, they might look to the ground for natural resources or to Wall Street for some new financial instrument. But, the most meteoric success story can be found virtually all around us—in the booming video game industry. Growing by double digits, U.S. video game sales reached $43 billion in 2018, about 3.6 times greater than the film industry’s record-breaking box office.

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO is proud to announce our endorsement of Judge Lisa Neubauer for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

"Judge Neubauer will bring a wealth of experience and a demonstrated commitment of fairness to the court," said Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. "Every Wisconsinite deserves equal treatment under the law. We can count on Judge Neubauer to responsibly uphold our democratic traditions and principles."

I understand why it would be insane to spend even a day without controllers, troops, Transportation Security Administration screeners, Coast Guard officers, FBI and Border Patrol agents and a laundry list of other truly essential workers employed by the federal government. What I don’t understand is why we tolerate a system that lets elected officials fail to do their one real job — funding the government — with no consequences for anyone in power.

Something funny happened on the way to the labor movement’s funeral.

The longest government shutdown in American history is over for now. On Friday afternoon, Donald Trump announced a deal to reopen government for the next three weeks. The short-term appropriations measure notably includes no funding for his beloved border wall — or steel slat fence, or smart wall, or whatever else he decides to call it in the future.

The 2019 Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Community Services Conference will take place Thursday March 21, Friday March 22, and Saturday March 23 at the Radisson Hotel La Crosse.  

This conference is a call to action with the intent that the education and information provided will allow participants to become more involved in both the labor movement and also within their individual communities.

When women and our allies unite, we build power. That’s true in mass marches and on the job.

“I never realized how strongly unionizing and feminism go together,” registered nurse (RN) Suzanne Levitch, 33, of Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, tells Teen Vogue. “There’s not really another way for workers, especially women workers, to be treated fairly.”