SMART Local 565 on Strike Against Mandatory Overtime

More than 100 members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 565 voted to strike on May 6—taking a collective stand for their rights to a fair contract that gives them well-earned time to spend with their families and loved ones. The union members at Trachte Building Systems in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, are united in their goal to end management’s egregious mandatory overtime rules. Trachte is seeking the right to impose unlimited mandatory overtime over the next three years.


“There’s been lots of mandatory overtime put on the workers through the pandemic, [and] the company is looking for additional mandatory overtime language [in the next contract],” Local 565 Business Manager Jesse Buell said in an interview with Labor Radio in Madison. “The people just want more family time.”

You can support our Union Sisters and Brothers by joining them on the PICKET LINE!  Bring water and snacks, if you are able!


Where: Trachte Building Systems
Address: 314 Wilburn Road, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Date: Starting Monday, May 9th
When: Starting at 7 am - throughout the day

The workers ask that you stay on the sidewalk and park on the appropriate streets.  


Gas Cards and Metro Market Grocery Cards can be donated and dropped off at the SCFL office:  1602 S. Park Street, Room 228 (in the mail slot on the door), Madison, WI 53715.  


Donate to the Strike Relief Fund

Checks can be made out to “Community Labor Working Together or CLWT". Write “Strike Relief Fund” on the memo line and mail to: South Central Federation of Labor, 1602 S. Park St., #228, Madison, WI 53715. OR you can donate online here! 


We are in an unprecedented moment of young workers rising up and taking action in their workplaces across industries nationwide. They’re seizing this moment and building the future of the labor movement.

The town hall, hosted by AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bernie Burnham, will be held in Minneapolis, where young workers have led a series of successful organizing drives over the past two years.


The event will be livestreamed on


All labor has dignity!

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You are invited to participate in this important labor webinar highlighting reports from union locals that have participated in movements addressing the environment, peace and militarism, racism, women’s rights, and other social justice issues.

We will hear about how unions can build and participate in the June 18 "Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls." Webinar Registration here.


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. 


Building the MOVEMENT

to meet the MOMENT

The 29th AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention

June 12-15, 2022


Pennsylvania Convention Center

Registration Opens April 15


Labor Notes Conference

June 17 - 19, 2022
Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Chicago

The Labor Notes Conference is the biggest gathering out there of grassroots union activists, worker center leaders, and all-around troublemakers.

  • Join thousands of union members, officers, and labor activists who are on the front lines in our workplaces and our communities, organizing new workers and agitating together. Meet troublemakers from across the country and around the world.

  • More than 100 meetings and workshops include creative organizing tactics, beating apathy, running for local union office, winning contract campaigns, understanding the economy, and reviving the strike.

  • Organize with others in your union, industry, or campaign. Face-to-face meetings to share tactics and swap notes are the heart of the Labor Notes Conference. Join an existing industry, union, or caucus meeting—or contact us to set one up.

Register Here


Poor People's Campaign

A National Call for Moral Revival

Moral March on Washington and to the Polls

June 18, 2022

Grab a FREE seat on the bus!

Drop in to an online event Tuesday, May 17th from 7-8pm or Sunday, May 22 from 3-4pm where you can sign up for a free bus ticket from the Madison or Milwaukee areas to the Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls! For more information, see our Facebook event.


See the Flyer Here


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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