|Wisconsin Council 40|
Council 40 is now part of Wisconsin's unified COUNCIL 32. For the latest information about the ongoing work of AFSCME in Wisconsin, check out the Council 32 website at http://afscme32.org
Ten years after the storm, we can still say about our AFSCME sisters and brothers: They rose to the challenge.
6 out of every 10 Americans now supports labor unions – a phenomenal five-point jump over the previous year. That’s the latest from a Gallup poll showing that during the past year, Americans’ approval of unions skyrocketed to its highest point in 7 years.
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• There is no such thing as a "Wisconsin Voter ID Card." The new Voter Photo ID Law uses existing photo IDs for people to prove their identity before voting.
• The address on your ID doesn’t have to be current. And the name on your ID doesn’t need to be an exact match for your name in the poll book. (So, Richards who go by Rich, Bobs who are also Roberts, and Susans with IDs for Sue can all relax.)
• Of course, there are certain requirements. Your ID should look like you. Even if you’ve colored your hair, shaved your beard or lost some weight, as long as your photo ID reasonably resembles you, it should be accepted.
General Voter ID Info: http://bringit.wi.gov/
Do I have the Right Photo ID? http://bringit.wi.gov/do-i-have-right-photo-id
How Do I Get a Free ID to Vote? http://bringit.wi.gov/how-do-i-get-free-state-id-card
Are there Exceptions to the Photo ID Law? http://bringit.wi.gov/are-there-exceptions-new-law
Register today for the NEW Council 40 Members Only Website.
The Members Only site is a secure site, accessible ONLY to dues-paying members of AFSCME Council 40. This is your place to stay connected and get organized! It is our hope that this Members Only Website will be used not only as a place to get information about your own Local, but also to share your stories and strategies with other Locals across Wisconsin.Read more >>>
"We can still take collective action without collective bargaining."
Many people have left the union because they believe Act 10 means there is nothing a union can do for them. That is NOT true, but it does mean we have to get active and get creative about protecting our jobs and wages.
Here is one of the best resources for learning how to build rank-n-file power on the job. Get a copy and share it with your co-workers.Read more >>>
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen, December 10, 2013
A court decision involving a former Dodge County employee who was denied a grievance hearing may have long reaching effects.Read more >>>
Public Interest Group Challenges Privatization Of Local, State Government Services
July 1, 2013 by Dave Jamieson for the Huffington Post
"Privatization plans have been a growing concern for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, or AFSCME. Like state laws that have weakened public-sector collective bargaining, privatization has helped erode AFSCME's membership as public agencies are transformed into non-union workforces. The union recently dispatched one of its D.C. communications deputies, Blaine Rummel, to In the Public Interest to work as a senior strategist under a grant.
"One of our big objectives is to engage in some narrative change around the issue of outsourcing," Rummel said. "This legislative agenda is part of that -- to move some simple commonsense ordinances and bills in places where not only they can pass, but where folks might not expect these sort of measures to be introduced, including red states."Read more >>>
See why the spending vs. taxes debate is largely meaningless and how the real runaway spending is not in programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – but in a tax code that disproportionately benefits corporations and the super rich. Read more >>>
Wis. appeals court refuses to reinstate Act 10
UPDATE: ACT 10 CASE ORAL ARGUMENTS SCHEDULED…The State Supreme Court has set October 23 at 1:30 pm to hear oral arguments for the “Colas case” (MTI v. Walker). We’ll keep you informed as we learn more.
A Wisconsin appeals court has refused to put on hold a judge's decision repealing major parts of Gov. Scott Walker's law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the 4th District Court of Appeals to place the September ruling of Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas on hold while an appeal is pending. Colas refused in October and the appeals court on Tuesday upheld that decision.
The appeals court says it sees "no basis to set aside the circuit court's decision that a stay was not warranted."
A spokeswoman for Van Hollen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
AFSCME Council 40 is developing new online resources
Attention AFSCME sisters and brothers!
In order to form a more perfect union (pun intended) between our organizing efforts in the real world and cyber-space, AFSCME Council 40 will be making a number of changes in the way we utilize social media in the coming months.
First, we’re switching over from our current Facebook “Group” to our new “Page” (click here). There are a number of advantages to using Pages, now that Facebook has implemented recent changes to its Groups, which will make it easier to share information and attract new members. We will also be looking for ways to direct people to AFSCME Council 40’s website since much more information can be found here.
Second, for all members of AFSCME Council 40, stay tuned for our forthcoming MEMBERS ONLY portal. We will be using this area of our site to facilitate communication, at first from Council 40 to our Locals, and later as a platform for interaction among Locals. There will also be a wealth of resources posted, such as training manuals, newsletter templates, “Street Reports” from Locals regarding ongoing organizing strategies, and much more.
We hope that by becoming more internet savvy we’ll be able to enhance the work we do on the job and in our communities.
AFSCME Council 40
A Dane County judge has ruled many of the provisions of Wis Act 10 unconsititutional. The judge found that certain provisions of the act violate the free speech, freedom of association and equal protection clauses. Read more >>>
As part of our program to continue to build a strong union and Fight to Take Back Our Rights, Council 40 has introduced a new secure on-line site for members to use to sign-up for alternative dues payment system if their employer has ended dues check-off. This system will allow members to arrange payment by electronic bank draft, debit or credit card. (read more)
Treasurers, due to recent changes in filing requirements by the IRS, all AFSCME locals must file a Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N. Please note that for tax years ending on or after December 31, 2010, locals with gross receipts of $50,000 or less may file the Form 990-N. To determine which form your local needs to file and what the deadlines are (click for more).
Through the cooperation of AFSCME, the AFL-CIO and Council 40 we are pleased to announce a new free service for Local Unions. Laborweb is a simple and free tool to build websites and strengthen communication. (more)
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