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Wisconsin AFSCME members have come together to explore creating a stronger union that is bold, unified, and primed for growth.

Elected members and leaders of AFSCME’s three Wisconsin Councils met, and now their ideas are ready to be presented in a series of Town Hall meetings across the state. These Town Hall meetings are an opportunity for all members to learn about possible unification options and, more importantly, to provide feedback.

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Employees shouldn’t have to risk their health to do their jobs. Four out of 10 private-sector workers come to work sick – or don’t get paid. The picture is noticeably different for state and local government workers, where union membership is stronger. Nine out of 10 workers in state and local government receive paid sick leave and, of those who belong to a union, it’s nearly everyone – 97 percent.


 

Pregnancy should not cost women their paychecks. But that's exactly what happened to UPS delivery driver Peggy Young when she became pregnant in 2006.


 

President Obama's willingness to act on immigration while Congress dithers and delays is admirable. Read President Saunders' Huffington Post article on it here.


 

We know that money can be a big obstacle when it comes to higher education. That’s why AFSCME provides scholarships to help members and their families reach their educational goals.


 

PEOPLE is AFSCME’s legislative and political action program. PEOPLE stands for Public Employees Organized to Promote Legislative Equality.

The PEOPLE Committee brings candidates and AFSCME members together so that our members and their families can make informed decisions with their vote, and so candidates know what working families need from them.

Each Fall, PEOPLE endorses the best candidate for the job and works to help them win!

Here is the list of PEOPLE candidate and referendum endorsements for the Fall, 2014 elections. Click on the candidate's name to visit his or her website for more information.

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Register today for the NEW Council 40 Members Only Website.

>>>CLICK HERE TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT<<<

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.

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"We can still take collective action without collective bargaining."
"The union is more than a contract." "YOU are the union!"
... All true, but what exactly does that mean?

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.

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Beaver Dam Daily Citizen, December 10, 2013
Trista Pruett

A court decision involving a former Dodge County employee who was denied a grievance hearing may have long reaching effects.

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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."

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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.

Last year's ruling overturned the law as it pertained to school and local government workers.  (read more)  (read decision)

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.

Solidarity!

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)

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP We have started a Facebook group for to provide our members with another sources of information about what is happening here in Council 40. Search Facebook for AFSCME Council 40 and join in.

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