Mar 04 2015

Join us for the Jim Boyd Memorial Scholarship Bowling Tournament

You stilll have time to join the tournament!  Call Shannon Linde at 608-836-0024 x 115!  

We are still accepting applications, so get a team and come join the fun!  

2015 Bowling app

Rules 32nd Annual Bowling Tournament

The Wisconsin State Employees Union

invites you to come and join with other Union Members  

for the 32nd Annual

Union Solidarity

Jim Boyd Memorial

Scholarship Bowling Tournament

April 24-25, 2015 at Tower Lanes

(1660 N. Spring Street, Beaver Dam)

Proceeds benefit the Jim Boyd Memorial Scholarship Program for State Employees

Everyone is welcome to bowl

 in this 3-division (men, women, mixed)

handicapped team event.

*Each team must include one union member

 

One set of prizes will be awarded in each division:

1st Place:   $150/team

2nd Place:  $100/team        

3rd Place:   $75/team

4th Place:   $50/team

5th Place:   $25/team

*Presentation will be made on the basis of high series first.

 

     Registration is easy!

  • Complete the application
  • Mail with a $65 team registration fee* by April 15th, 2015 to:

AFSCME Council 24

Attn: Shannon Linde                

8033 Excelsior Drive, Suite C                      

Madison, WI 53717

Apr 21 2015

Council 32 Announcement

Council 32 Announcement

 

I’m proud to report the unification of AFSCME in Wisconsin. This past weekend, more than 250 delegates from Wisconsin Councils 24, 40 and 48 came together for the founding convention of AFSCME Wisconsin Council 32. Delegates established a new council by debating and adopting a governing constitution. They then elected a team of officers and an executive board to lead Council 32.

 

Delegates chose the number 32 for the council as a tribute to those courageous workers who started AFSCME in Wisconsin in 1932. In the coming months, the transition of staff, finances and council business will be shifted from Councils 24, 40 and 48 to AFSCME Wisconsin Council 32.

 

As you know, AFSCME members and public employees in Wisconsin have faced unprecedented attacks since 2011. Collective bargaining and workers’ rights have been stolen. State and local budgets have been slashed. Tax giveaways for corporations and the top one percent have become the norm. But these attacks have led to renewed activism as a reaction to the blatant disrespect of the work and services we provide. As I addressed the delegates, I felt so much hope, determination, and excitement in the room.

 

I want to thank every one of you for the support that you have given to our members in Wisconsin. You made Wisconsin’s fight AFSCME’s fight by sending help to Madison and across the state. Your efforts helped sustain the activists who came together this weekend to say: “We are still standing and we will organize like never before.” This weekend, we began a new chapter in the story of AFSCME Wisconsin.

 

 

Lee A. Saunders

President

AFSCME

(202) 429-1100

(202) 429-1102 (fax)

lsaunders@afscme.org

Apr 15 2015

State Budget Update

State Budget Update

 

As of this writing, the Joint Finance Committee is in Day 1 of its deliberations of the Biennial State Budget that Governor Walker proposed in early February.

 

To prepare for its important deliberations, the Joint Finance Committee held only four public hearings, and held those hearings during weekday working hours, making it extremely difficult for working men and women to provide testimony. Further, it limited citizens’ testimony to two minutes; many citizens took off work and waited in line for eight or more hours to only be able to speak for 120 seconds. Now, after receiving much-truncated public comment on the budget, the powerful Joint Finance Committee members will begin its deliberations on the Governor’s proposed State Budget for all aspects of the State Government. The Joint Finance Committee will approve, disapprove, or modify various proposals from the Governor, but it also can introduce new proposals into the budget. Therefore, it is imperative that we keep a careful eye on its deliberations.

 

Today, the Joint Finance Committee worked on a number of State department budgets, including the Secretary of State, the State Treasurer, the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and Circuit Courts, Judicial Council, Judicial Commission, Public Service Commission, Department of Revenue (just the Lottery Administration), the Department of Administration (just the Division of Gaming), and the Employment Relations Commission.

 

On Friday, April 18, the Joint Finance Committee will hold its second date of deliberations (officially known as an “executive session”). It will have additional dates set in the near future. We need to make our voices heard on behalf of working men and women. Enclosed, please find the Budget Summary to assist you in your review of the Governor’s proposals.

 

On the docket for Friday are a number of State department budgets. There are two items that have particular importance to the Labor Community: changes to the workers compensation system and the dismantling of the necessary oversight of for-profit colleges.

 

** Please call the members of the Joint Finance Committee to oppose these two items.

 

Splitting the Workers Compensation Division in Two is Bad for Workers

Wisconsin can be proud of its Workers Compensation Division: it is fair, efficient, and cost-effective. And yet, Governor Walker’s proposed budget attempts to upend our Workers Compensation (WC) system by splitting its department and transferring its many functions to two separate State departments.

 

Since its inception in 1911, Wisconsin’s WC system has been housed in one department, which is now known as the Department of Workforce Development. Our current system has proven results that are beneficial for our workers and employers. Research has proven that:

 

-          Wisconsin’s injured workers heal faster: they return to the work force on average 3 weeks faster than injured workers in other states.

-          Wisconsin’s system has lower costs, according to a 16 state study of worker injury claims by the non-partisan Workers Compensation Research Institute.

-          Wisconsin’s injured workers are able to navigate the system effectively, resulting in less litigation, which is beneficial for workers and employers alike.

-          Wisconsin’s WC premiums are stable and low: they have risen at a pace less than inflation over the past 6 years.

-          Wisconsin’s great WC system is completely funded by WC premiums and does not take in one penny of tax-payer dollars.

 

We know that states who have split systems like Illinois and Texas have worse outcomes for injured workers. Wisconsin’s WC system is one of the best in the country and it should stay that way. Joint Finance Committee Members should reject any proposal that would split and transfer the Workers Compensation Division functions to other departments.

 

 

Dismantling The Oversight of For-Profit Colleges is Bad for Workers

Governor Walker’s proposed Technical College System budget includes the elimination of the Educational Approval Board (EAB). The EAB is an important board that oversees for-profit colleges; its mission is to “protect Wisconsin’s consumers and support quality educational options.”

 

There are almost 250 for-profit colleges in Wisconsin; combined, these institutions took in more than $350 million in tuition last year. These institutions include schools like Everest College, a for-profit college that opened in 2010 and, at its peak, enrolled 700 students. With just one day notice, the college shut its doors in 2012, leaving hundreds of students without the ability to earn a diploma and with thousands of dollars of debt.

 

Unlike the UW System and the many not-for-profit colleges that educate 90% of our higher-ed students, the goal of for-profit colleges is increased profits and stock dividends. In fact, while for-profit colleges enroll less than 10% of all higher-ed students, they account for 26% of all federal loans and almost 50% of all students who default on their loans.

 

With less regulation and oversight, more for-profit colleges will be bringing their unscrupulous business practices into our state, via a brick-and-mortar building or a website to deliver online education. These schools will be able to close in the middle of the night, leaving students high and dry with mountains of debt and no diploma. With less oversight and regulation, these businesses will not face adequate repercussion for their actions to defraud Wisconsinites.

 

Therefore, the EAB is a critical board that oversees these for-profit colleges. The Educational Approval Board itself is comprised of seven individuals that are appointed by the Governor. On February 20, the EAB met and voted formally to oppose its own elimination.

 

Joint Finance Committee Members should reject any proposal that would eliminate the Educational Approval Board and transfer its duties to other departments that have no background in regulating for-profit colleges.

 

 

Joint Finance Committee Members can be reached through the Legislative Hotline at
1-800-362-9472

Sen. Alberta Darling (Co-Chair) (R)

Sen. Luther Olsen (Vice-Chair) (R)

Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R)

Sen. Leah Vukmir (R)

Sen. Thomas Tiffany (R)

Sen. Howard Marklein (R)

Sen. Lena Taylor (D)
Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D)

Rep. John Nygren (Co-Chair) (R)

Rep. Dale Kooyenga (Vice-Chair) (R)

Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R)

Rep. Dean Knudson (R)

Rep. Michael Schraa (R)

Rep. Mary Czaja (R)

Rep. Chris Taylor (D)

Rep. Gordon Hintz (D)

 


We look forward to standing with you as we raise our voices on important issues that will affect working families across our State.

 

Apr 09 2015

AFSCME’s top ten beefs with the Walker’s 2015-2017 budget bill

Budget bad stuff point by point 

Apr 08 2015

Millions of underpaid workers can’t support their families or make ends meet on hourly wages that haven’t kept pace with the bills – or their employers’ profits.

Make History MSN flyer

 

Enough! On April 15, fast food cashiers and cooks, retail employees, home care providers, airport workers, and all of us who believe they deserve better are showing up in cities across the country to say ENOUGH. Be there

Apr 08 2015

YOUR UNION IS FIGHTING TO SAFEGUARD PREVAILING WAGE

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Mar 31 2015

Wisconsin citizens finally got a bit of good news last week when key legislators refused to rubber stamp Gov. Scott Walker’s attack on Senior Care.

Wisconsin citizens finally got a bit of good news last week when key legislators refused to rubber stamp Gov. Scott Walker’s attack on Senior Care.

 

While the Republican majority has been all too willing to go along with many of Walker’s ill-considered schemes, they drew the line at kicking senior citizens out of a popular and successful program to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

 

Maybe this is the start of something.  Let’s hope so, because the Walker budget is loaded with terrible and destructive ideas.  

 

Hoping won’t make them go away.  We need to speak up and make sure our own legislators hear that we expect them to be more than rubber stamps for Walker’s extreme agenda.

 

One of the terrible threats in Walker’s budget is his attempt to blow up Wisconsin’s excellent network of Aging and Disability Resource Centers.

 

These centers are nationally recognized for helping elderly and disabled citizens get solid, impartial information about care options.  It’s the kind of information that can mean the difference between independence and costly institutional care.

 

But Walker’s budget would open the door to outsourcing the centers while eliminating the citizen boards that oversee the system.  

 

Walker wants to hand this important gatekeeping job to corporations that could have a vested interest in steering potential clients to their own doors.

 

The question must be asked: who stands to benefit from handing over ADRC’s to corporate interests?  Certainly not Wisconsin’s elderly and disabled citizens.

 

Please contact your legislators today and tell them to oppose Walker’s plan to dismantle Aging and Disability Resource Centers. 

 

Walker’s fellow Republicans are finally starting to question the absentee governor’s priorities.

 

Now is the time to let your legislators know today that Wisconsin can’t afford to sacrifice more vital services for Wisconsin citizens.  They may have saved Senior Care, but they’ve only just begun fixing what’s wrong with this budget. 

 

 

Mar 27 2015

Executive Director Beil’s Letter to the Editor Regarding State Employee Health Care

Executive Director Beil’s Letter to the Editor Regarding State Employee Health Care

 

It’s easy for some consultant to jet in from Atlanta — say Wisconsin state employees should pay more for health care — and then jet back home.  It’s harder live with the consequences.

When the paychecks for the people delivering vital services only get smaller and smaller, how can our state attract or maintain the best and brightest?

            Gov. Scott Walker’s new budget freezes state employee wages for the next two years.  This comes after a token 1% one-year raise – eaten up by higher co-pays — broke a long string of zeros, during which Walker imposed increases in benefit copays that cut take home pay for the lowest paid employees by 18 percent.

            With many state workers forced to turn to food stamps to feed their families, Walker brings in a high-flying consultant to suggest taking even more food out of their mouths.

How much more can he take from correctional officers, child protection workers and custodians to finance tax breaks for his billionaire political donors?

            Sadly, his continued bashing of front-line workers doesn’t just hurt state employee families.  It hurts the quality of state services by pummeling workplace morale and undermining recruitment and retention.    

            It hurts our consumer-driven economy by eroding the buying power of thousands of local shoppers, contributing to Wisconsin’s back-of-the pack job performance.

            And it offends simple common decency.

            But consultants from Atlanta — and governors busy flying around chasing billionaire donors and Tea Party zealots — can’t really be bothered about the quality of Wisconsin’s public services, or simple common decency.

Mar 20 2015

A Message from the Bradley Campaign

A Message from the Bradley Campaign

 

 

How are we going to re-elect Justice Bradley? With your vote and, just as importantly, with your help in taking action to encourage your friends and neighbors to vote on April 7.

 

We are now just 17 days away from Election Day, and every day we are working to spread Justice Bradley’s message: we need a Supreme Court free from partisan politics and the influence of special interests. 

 

If you haven’t signed up to volunteer yet, now is the time! This Saturday and Sunday we are having a Weekend of Action for Justice Bradley. Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift in your neighborhood.

 

Every call you make brings us one step closer to victory on April 7. Can we count on you to make a difference for the future of our Court and our State? Please sign up today.

 

The time to make a difference is NOW. Click here to join us for our Weekend of Action this Saturday and Sunday.

 

Thank you for telling your friends and neighbors about this election. Onward!

 

Chris Chapek

Field Director

 

PS – We now have yard signs available at our office. If you would like to come pick one up, visit us at 600 Williamson St. Ste J in Madison from 10am to 4pm this weekend!

 

 

 

Bradley for Justice P.O. Box 1124 Wausau WI 54402 United States

 

Mar 17 2015

Community-Wide Forum on Private and Public Schools

Private & Public schools

Mar 17 2015

Budget Information

Biennial Budget Summary – Walker Proposed 2015-17

 

Budget Process 2015-17

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