Want 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).
Frontline healthcare workers of UW Hospital have asked the governing board of the UW Hospital and Clinics to stand with them to preserve worker rights that were targeted by Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10.
The Madison-area’s second largest employer was added to Act 10, despite UWHC’s status as an independent authority that receives no direct taxpayer support, and despite requests from UWHC leaders to be excluded.
Nearly 5,000 UWHC employees could lose collective bargaining rights when their contracts expire in the next two years. Employees believe such a change would dramatically undermine their ability to help maintain UWHC’s excellent quality of care. (more…)
Union Labor News October 2013
By David Newby
Did you like NAFTA? Then you’re going to love the Trans Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement!
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be the largest so-called “Free Trade” Agreement ever, including 40% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product. It will include the U.S., Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
The Obama Administration hopes to finish negotiations on this Agreement by the end of this year. Negotiations so far have been held in secret. Almost all we know about what’s been agreed to or proposed comes from leaks. But what we do know indicates that the final Agreement will embody a breathtaking expansion of multinational corporate economic power (and profits) and in some instances give corporations power that trumps that of our national and state and local governments.
More detail about these horrors next month. This month let’s talk about how the Administration is going to get the votes necessary to pass this monstrosity. The trick is to get Congress to pass “Fast Track” authority. A couple of years ago, the U.S. Trade Representative (who heads up international trade negotiations) said that if the American public knew what was in the Trans Pacific Partnership, they would be outraged and Congress could never pass it.
That’s where Fast Track comes in, as a way to sneak TPP (and other “free trade” agreements) past the American public and past Congress so quickly that we won’t know what hit us until it’s all over. (more…)
|Stand with workers in our community!!!
Low Wage Workers are striving for a livable wage, the right to form a Union and to create a better life for their families.This is a federally protected one-day strike (August 29) and workers will be walking back to their jobs on Friday, August 30th. As community leaders, elected officials, and clergy, please join us as we stand with workers on August 29th and walk workers back on the 30th. (more…)
The South Central Federation of Labor has awarded four $1,000 scholarships by lottery drawing to the sons and daughters of area union members. In addition, SCFL’s Dodge County Chapter has award two $500 scholarships. Here are the winners!
Winner #1 – Abigail Schuster is a 2013 graduate from Watertown High School who will be studying biology at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Abigail’s father, Chad Schuster, is employed at MATC and is a member of AFT Local 243.
Winner #2 – Kelli Klement is a 2010 grad from McFarland High School who plans to study Nursing at UW Madison. Kelli’s mother, Kathryn Klement, is a member of PERSA Local 4999.
Winner #3 – Marty Blocker is a 2012 graduate from Waukon High School who plans to study business at Viterbo University. Marty’s father, David Blocker, is employed with the Madison Fire Department and a member of IAFF Local 311.
Winner #4 – Tristen Johnson is a 2013 graduate of Beloit Memorial High School and plans to attend the University of Minnesota this fall. Tristen’s father, Troy Johnson, is a member of IBEW Local 965. (more…)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: June 28th, 2013
Contact: Kevin Gundlach – President, South Central Federation of Labor
South Central Federation of Labor President statement on June 26th United States Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop 8.
Madison – South Central of Federation of Labor President Kevin Gundlach releases the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court ruling on “Defense of Marriage Act” and California’s Prop 8.
“Wednesday’s historic decision by our Nation’s highest court to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to dismiss the Prop 8 case on a lack of standing reflects our communities desire to ensure fairness, equality, and justice to all people. Extending federal benefits to same sex couples ensures they are entitled to the same benefits heterosexual couples have enjoyed for decades.
Additionally, binational couple’s will now have the ability to apply for green cards for their spouses thus granting almost 36,000 couples a path to citizenship. This decision will provide binational families with the stability they deserve and will give them the ability to pursue their dreams without fear of separation.
While Wisconsin has yet to recognize same sex marriage, yesterday’s watershed decision is sure to inspire Wisconsinites to follow suit to ensure equality for all its citizens. South Central Federation of Labor will continue to organize locally to pursue the tenets of freedom, equality and justice.”
The South Central Federation of Labor is the local umbrella organization of labor unions and has close to 100 affiliates representing over 30,000 workers in South Central Wisconsin.
Listen to Lester Pines, Attorney for the plaintiffs in Madison Teachers Inc. v. Walker- Pines discusses the right of free speech, the right of association in the workplace and the pending case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Sly and Lester discuss: “Will the GOP dominated Wisconsin State Supreme Court fairly judge the case given the right wing media/Walker and his political party/ ring of fire?” If not, what will be the fate of Unions in WI? Lester expects the case to be argued before the court in October, 2013.
Phone Banking starts 6/18
Noon-4pm Rain or Shine!
Discher Park – Horicon (click for map)
Thursday June 20 – West Clinic
451 Junction Road
11:00am – 1:00pm
Friday June 21st – UW Hospital & Clinics
With special guest Sly (93.7)
600 Highland Ave