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

Support for the labor movement is the highest in nearly half a century, yet only one in 10 workers are members of unions today. How can both be true?

Ivanka Trump took the stage at CES on Tuesday to muted reception. Forty minutes later, she left to robust applause.

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.

On Thursday, April 2, a federal judge ruled on three lection-related lawsuits. U.S. District Judge William Conley declined to postpone the election, but gave voters additional time to cast an absentee ballot.

What Wisconsin Voters Need to Know:

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. 

Much of the American workplace has shut down, sending millions of employees home to wait out the coronavirus pandemic.

On April 7, 2020, hundreds of local and municipal seats, many important referendums, and a statewide seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court are up for election. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO has endorsed Judge Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Local labor councils have made endorsements around the state.

View our list of union-approved candidates on the ballot this spring below.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO released the following statement on the announcement that Gov. Evers will urge the Wisconsin legislature to repeal the one-week waiting period for workers to collect unemployment and that the Governor intends to issue an executive order tomorrow, March 18, modifying work and work search requirements for those facing unemployment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.