SCFL Endorses Candidates in 6 Counties

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 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

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).

Kevin’s Statement On DOMA & Prop 8

i Jun 28th No Comments by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Date:                    June 28th, 2013

Contact:              Kevin Gundlach – President, South Central Federation of Labor

                                608-256-5111

 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.”

 

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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.

LESTER PINES: Walker’s ACT 10 LEGAL UPDATE on SLY

i Jun 26th No Comments by

lesterListen 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.

Voucher Choice Wrong for Wisconsin

i Mar 31st No Comments by

By Karen Veith, MTI member

On February 11th, 2011, teachers across this state received startling news. The Wisconsin State Journal headline read, “Walker to propose stripping collective bargaining rights from state workers.” Just a little more than two years later, daily headlines show signs of further turbulence. Governor Walker’s current budget proposal includes the expansion of taxpayer-funded, private school vouchers to several districts in Wisconsin including Madison. The scope of the latest attack is not limited to schools, but extends to every student, family, labor Union, and community. It is an attack on Wisconsin’s prosperity and well-being. (more…)

It’s Time for Peace and Jobs

i Dec 3rd No Comments by

Mr. President and Members of Congress:

During this period, when people of faith and secular people alike reflect on the year that is ending and look forward with hope to the year ahead, it is a time to put aside differences and enmities to celebrate our universal values.

It is in this spirit of humanity and hope that we call upon you to redirect your efforts and federal resources to:

  • End the war in Afghanistan now, bring all our troops home and care for and support them upon their return.
  • Create good jobs at living wages: invest in our communities and our people to grow the economy and put people back to work.
  • In communities devastated by hurricane Sandy, assure that reconstruction is performed in the public interest with full transparency under the direction and control of local, state and federal governments and accountable to the people.
  • Train and hire veterans, the unemployed and youth from historically disadvantaged communities to perform cleanup and reconstruction as a part of a broader national jobs program to rehabilitate inner cities, build affordable energy-efficient homes, repair/replace public infrastructure and develop sustainable manufacturing for the 21st Century.
  • Redirect our nation’s resources from war and uncontrolled Pentagon spending to fund social programs and public services, protect and improve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, repair the social safety net, meet the challenge of climate change, and reduce poverty and inequality.
  • Rely foremost on determined diplomacy and patient negotiation, rather than military power to respond to international disputes, differences or conflicts.
  • Require those at the top of the income ladder, giant corporations and financial speculators to pay their fair share of taxes.

We ask that you summon the personal courage and moral fortitude to transcend partisan differences to serve the common good and public interest.

Give peace a chance! We need jobs not cuts!  Work not Wars!



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We can, and must do better for all Americans.

Thank you.

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