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What is the Wisconsin AFSCME Leadership Academy?
• Two-day training for local union leadership teams.
When is WALA and where is WALA for 2013?
• Madison, WI – June 22 and 23
State power plants, UW buildings could be sold to help cut debt
May 19, 2013 from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Gov. Scott Walker's administration would gain broad authority to sell state property - including prisons, highways, heating plants and university dormitories - under a plan legislators will take up Tuesday.
Proceeds would be used to chip away at the state's $8 billion debt, but the state entities that formerly owned the properties might not see any benefit from the sales. So, a dorm built with student fees could potentially be sold to pay down the debt for a highway expansion, or vice versa.
Critics say the plan that's part of the GOP governor's budget proposal could saddle the state with higher day-to-day costs - such as buying power and steam to heat prisons and dorms - after it sells the properties.
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The Center for Study of Working Class Life and US Labor Against the War presents
CLICK HERE to learn more and see the film
This 27-minute documentary breaks through the media walls that keep Iraqi and labor voices out of the debate about the war in the United States. Meeting Face to Face brings the voices of Iraqi working people directly into the conversation as we consider the war and continuing occupation and what the next steps should be.
Meeting Face to Face follows six senior Iraqi labor leaders as they tour 25 U.S. cities speaking to union audiences, university forums, and community gatherings. We also see American working people bringing new energy and commitment to the movement for peace, social justice, and a humane foreign policy.
Directed by - Jonathan Levin
The Iraq-US Labor Solidarity Tour was sponsored and organized by U.S. Labor Against the War.Read more >>>
May 20, 2013 from The Cap Times
Why is EAGnews, the website for a Michigan-based “education reform” group — proudly pro-voucher, pro-charter school, anti-union and basically anti-public schools — blasting local Madison media outlets with alarming press releases about spending in the Madison School District?Read more >>>
May 15, 2013 from Beloit Daily News
The Beloit school board voted to delay a decision on whether to outsource custodial and maintenance staff by two weeks.
The staff will have 10 days to come up with their own proposal on how to cut costs by $388,000 a year, the amount private vendor ABM could save the district.Read more >>>
May 14, 2013 from Beloit Daily News
Union rips outsourcing plan
There are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to outsourcing custodial and maintenance personnel, according to AFSCME staff representative Jeff Middleton.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 >>>
HIGHER REVENUE PROJECTIONS BASED ON A ONE-TIME BUMP - Much is being made of a Legislative Fiscal Bureau report projecting additional state revenues of $575 million over the next three years.
The famous Manitowoc County Pig Roast is set for Tuesday, July 9, at Manitowoc’s Lincoln Park. The event will be held in Cabin 2. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so order now. As in past years please make checks payable to Michelle Kohlbeck, $15 per person, BUT mail them to Cindy Satori, 6820 Hartlaub Lake Road, Manitowoc, WI, 54220. A registration form may also be found on our website.. Ticket order form Read more >>>
The roads you took to work this morning. The clean and safe water that you brushed your teeth with. The bus that picked your kids up for school.
Our taxes make all of these public services — and so much more — possible. They make our communities possible. And we're proud to invest in our common good.
Wis. appeals court refuses to reinstate Act 10
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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