Mar 27 2015

Election Day – Tuesday, April 7 – Vote NO on Question 1

Election Day – Tuesday, April 7

Vote NO on Question 1

Wisconsin has had an independent state Supreme Court ever since becoming a state in 1848. The non-partisan elected judges run for their seats on the court, as does the Chief Justice.

Earlier this year, the right-wing conservatives in the Wisconsin legislature put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would change the way the Chief Justice is elected, shifting from a neutral system to one where the other justices vote on who controls the court’s administration and caseload.

Make no mistake — Question 1 is a bald faced power grab by right-wing legislators, meant to shift administration of our state’s Supreme Court from a neutrally selected and unquestionably highly qualified Chief Justice towards an extreme right-wing agenda. Wisconsin lawmakers are trying to interfere with the court system to further their own blatantly partisan interests.

You have a choice: vote NO on Question 1 to maintain a fair and non-partisan state Supreme Court — or say goodbye to the last non-partisan branch of state government.

Election Day is on Tuesday, April 7, but early voting has already started in clerk’s offices across the state. You can vote early at your local clerk’s office between now and Friday, April 3. Learn more about early voting (also called in-person absentee voting) here.

Wisconsin’s right-wing legislators are counting on you to not show up on Election Day. This year, let’s get to the polls and vote to keep Wisconsin’s radically conservative lawmakers from manipulating our state’s Supreme Court.

Vote NO on Question 1 and keep the Wisconsin Supreme Court non-partisan! Find out where to vote or how to vote early now>>

Mar 04 2015

Join us for the Jim Boyd Memorial Scholarship Bowling Tournament

 

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

Jan 22 2015

AFSCME C24 Jim Boyd Memorial Scholarship

To qualify for a Jim Boyd Memorial Scholarship or a Members Only Scholarship application, you must be a state employee and a member of the Wisconsin State Employees Union (WSEU). Members of other unions or other Councils (County or City employees) do not qualify. Applications will be mailed to the WSEU member.

Click on the links below to determine which scholarship application to request.

Jim Boyd Memorial Scholarship Rules and Rate Sheet (available only to
Dependents of WSEU Members.)

Members-Only Scholarship Rules and Rate Sheet (available only to
WSEU Members who are returning students.)

 

Please click here for Scholarship Application Request

 Applications are mailed to the Member and must be postmarked by March 31, 2015.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Shannon Linde
at (608) 836-0024, ext 115 or by email at slinde@wseu-24.org.

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

On February 3, Governor Walker introduced his proposed budget for the 2015-2017 biennium. Walker’s budget misses the mark and is full of bad news for Wisconsin’s working people and communities.

On February 3, Governor Walker introduced his proposed budget for the 2015-2017 biennium.  Walker’s budget misses the mark and is full of bad news for Wisconsin’s working people and communities.

From “drafting errors” that cut the Wisconsin Idea, transportation funding problems, cuts to public schools, and many more concerns for working families – working families will take the brunt of this budget full of shortsighted and backwards priorities. 

Starting this week the public will have the chance to provide input and weigh in on the budget directly to legislators at hearings around the state.

Joint Finance Budget Hearing Schedule

March 18    Brillion
        Brillion High School (Endries Performing Arts Center, W1101 County Road HR)
        10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

March 20    Milwaukee
        Alverno College (Pitman Theatre, 3400 South 43rd Street)
        10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

March 23    Rice Lake
        UW-Barron County (Fine Arts Theatre, 1800 College Drive)
        10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

March 26    Reedsburg

        CAL Center Auditorium (1100 South Albert Avenue)
        9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Can’t make it to one of these four hearings?  The Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee believe that the above four hearings are insufficient for receiving public input from all corners of the state. Therefore, they will be holding additional hearings to receive public input:

March 19    Wisconsin Rapids
Common Council Chambers (444 Grand Ave.)
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

March 21    Rhinelander
        Nicolet Technical College (5364 College Dr., Room 207)
        10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

March 21    Wausau
UW Marathon (518 S 7th Ave, Room 100- The Terrace Room)
12 noon – 4 p.m.

March 24    Green Bay

Location TBD
Time TMD

March 28    Menomonie
Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Rd., Meeting room)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

March 28    Platteville
City Hall, City Council Chamber (75 North Bonson Street)
12    noon – 4 p.m.

March 30    Oshkosh
UW-Oshkosh, Location TBD
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

March 31    Dodgeville
Dodgeville Council Chambers (100 E. Fountain St)
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

April 11    Eau Claire
UW-Eau Claire, Centennial Hall (1698 Park Ave., Room 1614)
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hard working people can clearly see that this budget is a checklist for Gov. Walker’s presidential ambitions and will only further hurt the hard-working men and women of Wisconsin.  Make your voice heard at upcoming Budget Listening Sessions.

Workers want to see a budget that supports good job creation and higher wages.  Tell your legislators!  Attend a public hearing near you!

 

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

Mar 13 2015

The annual Community Services Conference will be held March 26, 27, and 28 in Green Bay at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.

 

The annual Community Services Conference will be held March 26, 27, and 28 in Green Bay at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.  The Community Services Conference is a call to action — with the hope that education and information provided will allow participants to become more involved in both the labor movement and also within their communities.

The AFL-CIO Community Services program is about “making the community a better place in which to live, work, raise a family and retire.” It is about mobilizing union members through their local unions and central labor councils to address workplace and social justice issues.  By building strong partnerships with community and faith organizations, more can be achieved.

It’s more important than ever for us to stand together and work collaboratively.  The WI STATE AFL-CIO COMMUNITY SERVICES CONFERENCE is an excellent place to receive some education, do some networking, and get new ideas for strengthening solidarity in our workplaces and the greater community.
 
Here is a link to all the conference information.  The room block expires next Wednesday, the 18th, so hurry now to get your reservations made and your registration forms in.
 

 

Mar 11 2015

Listed below are statewide public hearings regarding the disastrous state budget proposal

Listed below are statewide public hearings regarding the disastrous state budget proposal.  We urge you to attend a hearing in your area and let these legislators know how this budget will negatively impact you and your families.  Legislators need and value this important feedback from their constituents.  Please remind them that we are paying attention!

 

 

Up-to-date list can always be found at:  http://tinyurl.com/WiBudgetHearings

 

  • March 18- Official JFC Budget Hearing – Brillion (East of Appleton)

 

      • Official JFC Budget Hearing
      • 10 am – 5 pm:Wednesday, March 18 at Brillion High School
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  • March 20- Official JFC Budget Hearing – Milwaukee

 

    • Official JFC Budget Hearing
    • 10 am – 5 pm: Friday, March 20 at Alverno College in Milwaukee

 

  • March 21-  Wausau

 

    • Dem Satellite Budget Hearing
    • UW Marathon, Room 100, The Terrace Room
    • 518 S 7th Ave, Wausau, WI 54401
    • 12:00 PM-4:00 PM

 

  • March 21-  Rhinelander

 

    • Dem Satellite Budget Hearing
    • Nicolet Technical College, Room 207
    • 5364 College Dr, Rhinelander, WI 54501
    • 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

 

  • March 23- Official JFC Budget Hearing – Rice Lake

 

    • Official JFC Budget Hearing
    • 10 am – 5 pm: Monday, March 23 at UW Barron County in Rice Lake

 

  • March 24-  Green Bay

 

    • Dem Satellite Budget Hearing
    • Kress Family Branch, Emil and Gail Fischer Room A
    • 333 N Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115
    • 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM

 

  • March 26- Official JFC Budget Hearing – Reedsburg

 

    • Official JFC Budget Hearing
    • 9:30 am – 4 pm: Thursday, March 26 at the CAL Auditorium in Reedsburg.

 

  • March 28-  Menominee

 

    • Dem Satellite Budget Hearing
    • Menomonie Public Library, Meeting room
    • 600 Wolske Bay Rd, Menomonie, WI 54751
    • 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

 

  • March 28-  Platteville

 

    • Dem Satellite Budget Hearing
    • Platteville City Hall, City Council Chamber
    • 75 North Bonson Street, Platteville, WI 53818
    • 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM

 

  • March 28-  Oshkosh

 

    • Dem Satellite Budget Hearing
    • [Not yet announced, waiting on location confirmation]
    • March 30th Oshkosh: UW-Oshkosh campus, location TBD
    • 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM

 

Mar 10 2015

UW budget listening session

You’re invited to a

UW budget listening session

hosted by Dane County Democratic Legislators

March 12 from 4-7pm in Van Vleck Hall, room B-130

To RSVP, click here  

Gov. Walker’s proposal to cut funding to the UW System by $300 million hurts our economy, Wisconsin families and our children. The UW System drives our state’s economy and provides the kinds of high quality educational and employment opportunities we need in Wisconsin. To ensure your voice is heard, stop by and speak with members of the Dane County legislative delegation, including at least one member of the state budget committee. We look forward to hearing from you about this issue and hope to see you at Van Vleck Hall (off of Charter Street) in room B-130 from 4pm-7pm. To RSVP, click here. I hope to see you Thursday!

Warmly,

 

Rep. Chris Taylor 

76th Assembly District

Mar 09 2015

Amidst strong opposition from Wisconsin citizens and businesses across the state, Gov. Walker signed Right to Work into law today, making Wisconsin the 25th RTW state in the nation.

Amidst strong opposition from Wisconsin citizens and businesses across the state, Gov. Walker signed Right to Work into law today, making Wisconsin the 25th RTW state in the nation.  

By signing Right to Work, Gov. Walker continues his crusade on the hard-working, middle-class families of Wisconsin. From refusing to expand BadgerCare for the sick, to enacting tax cuts for the rich,  gutting education and eroding collective bargaining rights for working people – Gov. Walker has shown a true disregard for Wisconsin families who work hard every day to put food on the table and a roof over their head. 

By enacting Right to Work, Gov. Walker continues to tip the scales against working class families in favor of his millionaire and billionaire buddies who fund his campaign.  Gov. Walker’s political stock amongst the campaign funding elite may be rising, but it is the people of Wisconsin who are paying the price of his unchecked political ambition. 

Wisconsin citizens should ask the Governor, who called for this Right to Work law?  Not workers and not our state’s employers who went on record to acknowledge the value unions bring to their companies. It’s time Scott Walker wakes up from his dream of higher office long enough to remember who he took an oath to serve – the working families of Wisconsin not extremist out-of-state donors.

Brothers and sisters, we will continue to stand up and fight for social and economic justice for all people.  We will never give up fighting for the rights of all workers.  We will never give up fighting for a better Wisconsin.

We will build upon solidarity and togetherness and honor the struggle of the workers who came before us who fought for safe working conditions, the 8-hour workday, child labor laws and dignity for working people. 

We move forward, shoulder to shoulder, together with our brothers and sisters to continue to stand up for Wisconsin values and a better society for all who labor. 

 

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