Minimum wage fight shows arrogance of power (Union Labor News editorial)

Minimum wage fight shows arrogance of power (Union Labor News editorial)

i Mar 5th No Comments by

Workers making at or near the minimum wage need all the help they can get. That’s why Milwaukee County’s ordinance establishing an $11.33 minimum wage for its workers and for those businesses contracting with the county is a good thing. The shameful attempt by Republican Representative Chris Kapenga to dismantle it  (and other historically successful local policies) is disturbing on many levels.

The chaos surrounding the introduction of AB750 is inexcusable, but it is what we have come to expect from a Republican legislature drunk on its own power.

What’s most disturbing about this latest attack on workers is the set of arrogant assumptions underpinning it. There are at least four.

We know what’s best for you. The Milwaukee ordinance passed by a two-thirds majority and is likely to survive a veto attempt by the county executive. Never mind. Republicans believe those at the state level are wiser and better equipped to decide than those closer to the issue. Many of us are old enough to remember when Republicans believed the opposite. The tone is also patronizing. “You cannot raise one person up by pulling another down,” lectured Kapenga. Yes we can. But that’s not what’s happening here. (more…)

Come to Senate hearing on minimum wage

i Feb 28th No Comments by

The bill taking away local control for minimum wage is on the fast track in the Wisconsin Legislature. Republicans in the Assembly hurriedly held a hearing on Feb. 12 and the bill has already passed in that body. We need to stop it in the Senate. The hearing on SB626 will be held Monday, March 3 at 11:00 am in Room 411 South of the Capitol. Please join us there.

SCFL Endorses Candidates in 6 Counties

i Feb 27th No Comments by

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South Central Federation of Labor Endorses Candidates in 6 Counties for April 2014 Elections


The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) Committee on Political Education and SCFL delegate body voted February 20th to endorse the following candidates for the April 2014 elections. These candidates were selected for their commitment to working families and a working family’s agenda.

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COPE Candidate Interview Endorsements – Dodge/Jefferson Chapter

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South Central Federation of Labor Dodge/Jefferson Chapter Endorses Candidates for April 2014 Elections

 DodgeCOPE Endorsements 2_11 PDF

The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) Dodge/Jefferson Chapter voted February 11th to endorse the following candidates for the April 2014 elections. These candidates were selected for their commitment to working families and working family’s agenda.


Dodge County Supervisor

District 4 Donald Burcham

District 5 Janice Bohholz

District 16 Ronald Adelmeyer

District 24 Dennis Schmidt

District 32 Lisa Derr

Horicon School Board

Jim Grigg

Mayville Mayor

Rob Boelk

Dodgeland School Board

Jason Schall

COPE Candidate Interview Results – Dane County

i Jan 23rd No Comments by

South Central Federation of Labor Endorses Candidates for April 2014 Elections

DaneCOPE Endorsements 2_14 PDF

The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) Committee on Political Education and SCFL delegate body voted January 23rd to endorse the following candidates for the April 2014 elections. These candidates were selected for their commitment to working families and working family’s agenda.

Dane County Supervisor
District 1     Mary Kolar
District 2    Heidi Wegleitner
District 3    Nick Zweifel
District 4    Kyle Richmond
District 5    Leland Pan
District 6    John Hendrick
District 7    Matt Veldran
District 8    Carousel Bayrd
District 10    Jeremy Levin
District 11    Al Matano
District 12    Paul Rusk
District 13    Chuck Erickson
District 14    George Gillis
District 16    Dave de Felice
District 17    Jeff Pertl
District 18    Michele Ritt
District 21    Andrew Schauer

District 22    Maureen McCarville
District 23    Sheila Stubbs
District 24    Robin Schmidt
District 25    Tim Kiefer
District 26    Sharon Corrigan
District 27    Dorothy Krause
District 28    Abigail Wuerst
District 30    Pat Downing
District 32     Pat McPartland
District 33    Jenni Dye
District 34    Patrick Miles
District 35    Carl Chenowith

Madison School Board
Seat 6  Michael Flores
Verona Mayor
Chad Kemp

Verona Alder
District 4    Mike Bare

Invisible Governor

i Jan 11th No Comments by

By Glenn Schmidt

Governor Walker wants to be President Walker, but he has a problem. Outside of Wisconsin hardly anyone knows he exists. He is the invisible man. He leaves deep footprints in the mud, but only a select few can claim an actual sighting. His ability to govern from the shadows has helped him in Wisconsin, but it clearly works against him as he continues his unlikely quest for more power. Ghosts don’t run well.

It is remarkable how few people have actually seen the governor in person. (more…)

SCFL Takes Stand Against Military Spending

i Jan 6th No Comments by

WNPJ_member_good_WNPJ_logo.2.1.1The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL), AFL-CIO passed a resolution December 16th, calling on Wisconsin to shift away from military spending towards a more sustainable economy.  SCFL includes 100 affiliated unions representing working families in south-central Wisconsin.

The resolution notes that “Wisconsin’s economy is highly dependent on military spending,” and that “Oshkosh Truck, which develops military trucks for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan … has laid off 1,200 workers in the past year due to a decrease in federal contracts.”

It supports the formation of a Futures Commission, similar to one established by Connecticut, to “help the state convert from defense spending to more sustainable job creation, such as construction, clean energy, rebuilding national infrastructure and transportation.”

SCFL President Kevin Gundlach said, “Upon my arrival in Madison over 20 years ago, one of my first jobs was working with the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign.  The issues were clear.  It was time to cut wasteful military spending and start producing domestic products and create jobs.  The campaign started locally and succeeded nationally.”

He added, “Today, we face yet again an economic system dependent on military spending that is unsustainable and has outlived its stated purpose.  It’s time we start putting in place the steps for a fair and just transition to an economy that works for all working families, for our veterans, the elderly, differently abled and our children alike.”

SCFL’s resolution is the sixth to be passed in Wisconsin.  Dane County and the city of Milwaukee previously passed Move the Money / War Dollars Home resolutions, along with the American Federation of Teachers – WI union, Madison Friends Meeting and Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay.  Nationally, more than 150 such resolutions have been passed by city councils, county boards and labor unions.

The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) is supporting efforts across the state, to call attention to the bloated military budget and organize in support of a more sustainable, peace-time economy.  WNPJ is a statewide coalition of nearly 150 member organizations, founded in 1991 to facilitate activities, cooperation and communication among Wisconsin organizations and individuals working toward the creation of a sustainable world, free from violence and injustice.

See resolution below (more…)

Unintimidated? No way. Help rename this book.

i Nov 6th 15 Comments by

Unintimidated-memeWant a SCFL Solidarity t-shirt and a Union Labor News subscription? Help us rename Governor Scott Walkers new book. All submissions will be voted on and the top three will get a t-shirt,ULN subscription and a mention in December’s Union Labor News.

Before you write a book, shouldn’t you at least have to read one? But then, how many words did current Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, actually write in his book being released November 19? Former George W. Bush staffer Marc Theissen no doubt penned the bulk of Walker’s autobiographical fiction, but it’s doubtful he actually spent much time in Wisconsin. If he had, he might have noticed how stunningly inappropriate the title is for a governor so intimidated that he’s afraid to meet with opponents or hold public events.

Not only that, but a book written by and about the participants in the Solidarity Sing Along is being published at almost the same time. It carries the same title, Unintimidated, and truly deserves it.

So let’s see if we can help the governor by coming up with a new title that more accurately reflects his tenure.

You can submit your new title (and explanation if you wish) via Facebook or in the comments below. We will publish the best entries in our newspaper, Union Labor News, and award SCFL Solidarity tee shirts to the top three as determined by popular vote (so watch for that).