|Wisconsin Council 40|
Thousands of working families have been coming to the Capitol to detail the impact of Right to Work legislation on their lives. Workers have been speaking up and making it clear to their elected officials that Right to Work will lower wages for all, decrease workplace safety, destroy long-standing training programs that give workers valuable skills and make it harder Wisconsin to feed their families, pay their bills, and have a shot at a decent life.
Last night, after hours of debate in the Senate, and with citizens watching and giving witness, the bill was passed, 17-15.
SOLIDARITY SATURDAY RALLY: Join working families at 12:00 p.m. noon on Saturday, February 28, at the State Street Side of the Capitol to continue to oppose Right to Work.
This week’s RTW fight back Schedule
MONDAY, March 2: TESTIFY MONDAY AT ASSEMBLY LABOR COMMITTEE ROOM 417 North. Register and testify against Right to Work at the Assembly Labor Committee meeting.
THURSDAY, March 5: It is virtually certain the bill will go to the full Assembly floor on Thursday, March 5. Be there.
Together, we will continue to work for a better Wisconsin. A Wisconsin where all workers have access to good family-supporting jobs and decent wages. A Wisconsin where the democratic process is respected and revered.
Did you know that the boss cannot question you without your union representative present? It’s your right as a union member!
The 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama, marches that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act are an important part of this year’s celebration of Black History Month.
BREAKING: There will be a rally to protest the introduction of Right to Work legislation Tuesday, February 24 and Wednesday February 25 at 12:00 p.m. at the state Capitol. We must stand together for our rights as workers and raise our voices in our democracy to stop Right to Work legislation from moving forward in Wisconsin.
WHAT: Rally to Oppose Right to Work
The Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform will be holding a hearing Tuesday, February 24. Please join us at 9:00 a.m. to testify in opposition of Right to Work.
Republicans are planning to ram this legislation through in an extraordinary session at lightning pace. An extraordinary session changes the rules, limits debate and makes a mockery out of our democracy. A Right to Work bill could pass both houses and be signed into law by the Governor in days.
Making Wisconsin a Right to Work state will not create jobs. Claimed advantages of Right to Work are unproven. Nationally recognized economists agree Right to Work provides no discernible economic advantage. By lowering wages, Right to Work would weaken consumption and may undermine Wisconsin’s small businesses which depend on workers having wages to spend.
Stand up, fight back, participate in democracy. Join us at the Capitol.
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The 2015 AFSCME Women’s Leadership Academy will be held from June to December of this year.
Over the next 3 months, AFSCME members from across the state will meet to discuss and vote on a proposal to unite the three AFSCME Councils in Wisconsin.
All AFSCME members should take time to educate themselves and their co-workers about potential changes in union structure and representation. Informed feedback at upcoming conventions and oen-on-one correspondence with Local and State leaders will ensure the strongest, most democratic transition toward the future of Union Power in Wisconsin.
Please Read More to find all the information you'll need and how to get in touch.
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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.Read more >>>
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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