Wisconsin State AFL-CIO


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After a quarter century of suffering under the failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and 18 months of hard-fought negotiations, the American Federation of Labor and

Despite its setbacks, or perhaps because of them, organized labor has an energy level that AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says he hasn’t seen before in his 50 years with the movement.

Recent News

With the State of Emergency surrounding COVID-19 Wisconsinites should be prepared to vote In-Person or Early in the Spring Election  

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, and to protect the health and safety of our members and our communities, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO has temporarily shifted away from door-to-door canvassing and in-person phone banks. Instead, we will be utilizing virtual phone banks as well as other traditional communication tools to turn out the union vote on April 7.

The following is a statement from Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale on the Coronavirus and Wisconsin workers:

(MILWAUKEE, WI, MARCH 12, 2020, 11:45 AM) -- Today, Governor Evers has called for a State of Emergency due to the Coronavirus. We have directly communicated with the Governor’s Office and let him know that the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and the entire labor movement stands ready to respond and assist to this emergency in any way possible.

March 27, 2020, 5:18 p.m. -- Wisconsin AFL-CIO Calls on Legislature to Update Election Law for Safe Voting in Coronavirus State of Emergency. Take Action here. 

Take Action

Grocery stores workers and food processing workers are risking their own personal health and safety on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis to stock shelves with needed food and supplies like toilet paper, soap and hand sanitizer that families across Wisconsin need during this pandemic. First responder status will help workers get 2 weeks paid leave, allow for grocery and food processing workers' children to be prioritized in childcare facilities and get the personal protective equipment they need.

On March 17, 2020, Governor Tony Evers urged the Wisconsin legislature to come together and repeal the one-week waiting period for workers to collect unemployment benefits.

This action will make a difference for working families who are suddenly and unexpectedly facing job loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join the Wisconsin AFL-CIO in calling on all legislators to vote in favor of removing the waiting period for unemployment.