AFL-CIO Affirms the Right of Everyone to Make Their Own Health Care Decisions

Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:


Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade is a devastating blow to working women and families across this country. We strongly believe that everyone should have control over their own bodies, including decisions over their personal reproductive health care. At a time when we should be focused on expanding equity for all working people, particularly for marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, this ruling will only deepen racial and economic disparities. The burden of this decision will undoubtedly fall on low-income women and gender-oppressed people, and no one should be forced into financial insecurity because they have been denied reproductive health care. Our government also must prioritize overdue and necessary investments in our child care system, and family and medical paid leave; it must end the gender wage gap and increase access to jobs with high wages and good benefits.

This is just the latest in a harmful string of attacks on our fundamental rights, including the right to vote and to collectively bargain in the workplace, and points to an alarming trend that other well-settled rights like marriage equality may be taken away. The current conservative majority of the Supreme Court is bent on limiting bodily autonomy, freedom and self-determination to a select few, and that is fundamentally undemocratic. America’s unions remain committed to the fight for gender justice and economic equity for all people.

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UW nurses need your help NOW to win their union


UW Health nurses have fought for a union for the past 2.5 years  -- and with your help they can get a giant step closer to victory right now.


Gov. Evers recently requested a formal opinion from the state Attorney General to determine that nothing in Scott Walker’s Act 10 or any other Wisconsin law bars UW Health from recognizing the nurses union and bargaining a contract.


An opinion from the Attorney General would completely knock down UW Health’s false argument that they’re prohibited from voluntarily recognizing the nurses union. No more hiding behind Act 10! 


Here’s where you come in. UW nurses need leaders like you to show the strong support they have by signing their community petition at Please sign the petition today and share it on your social media. Click here for some sample social media posts you can use, but please feel to personalize them.


With your support, UW nurses will win recognition of their union so they can advocate for themselves, their families, their patients and our community -- and score a major victory in the fight for Unions for All.


For more info or to get involved, email 

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Support Unionizing Starbucks Workers

Visit your local Starbucks and ask for your coffee
#UFCW Strong

3515 University Ave, Madison

2981 Triverton Pike Dr., Fitchburg

6512 Monona Drive, Monona

Workers at three Starbucks cafes in the Madison area are among the latest to join the nationwide labor uprising at the ubiquitous coffee giant. The baristas at three Starbucks locations in Dane County are now organizing with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1473 and demanding union recognition from their employer.


Support Unionizing Starbucks Workers

Visit the store at:

1 E. Main Street, Madison, WI

Don't forget to order your coffee:  UNIONSTRONG


The Building a Better America plan puts working families first by solving problems we face every day.

Corporations can blatantly retaliate against workers who are organizing. So they need to be penalized and held accountable for their unfair labor practices.

There should be no more “supply chain issues” in the United States—we need to make products here. And they need to be made by highly trained union members.


Extend the child tax credit to fight child poverty. Invest in child care workers and make quality care affordable for all working families.


Slash prescription drug prices because no one should have to choose between money and their health.


While the Senate played political games, working people struggled for years. It is now time for your senators to do their jobs.


Pass the Building a Better America plan and help America’s working families.


Add your name now!

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South Central Federation of Labor
2022-23 Scholarships

Please see the Scholarship Rules & Application here.

All applications must be received no later than Friday, June 24, 2022. 


Registration is now open for the

Midwest School for Women Workers

July 27-31, 2022

The UALE Women’s Summer Schools have brought together women from all sectors of the labor movement to develop their skill across the United States.

The school provides high-quality education in key leadership and representation skills along with opportunities for women workers to learn from one another and build solidarity.

Register here

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The Voice of Working Families in South Central Wisconsin

Published semi-monthly by the South Central Federation of Labor. Subscription is just $10/yr. Subscribe or renew here.


Get Your Proud Union Home yard sign!

For only $10 you can get your Union-made (right here in Wisconsin) sign by contacting us at:

Email for a time to pick your sign up. 

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