Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

 

(Wisconsin Rapids, September 15, 2021) -- Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement on the Wisconsin AFL-CIO endorsement of Attorney Genera

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Statement from Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Build Back Better Act:

“The Build Back Better Act will level the playing field for working families for generations to come. It is the largest-ever investment in clean energy, with domestic content and high labor standards across the board. This legislation will empower workers organizing together in union by holding union-busting employers accountable with real financial penalties.

Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale released the following statement following Governor Evers’ veto of Republican-drawn election maps:

"Rigging our political system with unjust, immoral and antidemocratic maps cannot continue to stand in Wisconsin. We thank Governor Tony Evers for using his veto pen to stand up for democracy, fight for fair maps, and protect the voices of voters in our electoral system.

NYT: How did you get your start in the labor movement?

Liz Shuler: I came up through the IBEW [International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers]. My father was a union member and worked for PGE [an Oregon utility]. Clerical workers were not in a union, and my mother and I were organizing them. PGE was a study in the difference a union can make: Power linemen were respected and made good wages, and nonunion clerical workers were not listened to and didn’t have a voice.

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