Did you lose your health insurance because of a job layoff/furlough or other life change?  If you had qualifying health coverage, according to healthcare.gov, you only have SIXTY days to secure marketplace coverage!

 

It is called a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) but the "window" is only open for SIXTY days.

 

And, remember, in Dane County, if your new income falls between 100 and 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, you may be able to get your health insurance premiums paid thru the HealthConnect program, administered by United Way of Dane County.

 

If you need assistance or have more questions, please contact 211!

MINNESOTA AFL-CIO CALLS FOR MINNEAPOLIS POLICE UNION PRESIDENT BOB KROLL’S IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION

The South Central Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO condemns the brutal murder of George Floyd.  We stand for Justice and Equality, not only in word, but in deed.  Without Justice, there IS no Peace.  There is no room for white supremacy, racism, economic exploitation, or police brutality in any form or manner, and in any organization, especially and including within our Unions. When racism rears its ugly head, Unions must have leaders who fight back.  Unions have a history of being vigilant in the fight for Justice and Equality, especially during the Civil; Rights Movement.  Yet, when a leader is on the side of inequality and injustice, they should not be leading a Union. 

 

We encourage you to read today’s statement from the Minnesota AFL-CIO calling for the immediate resignation of President Bob Kroll of the Police Union in Minneapolis, who “has a long history of bigoted remarks and complaints of violence.”  “Kroll is no friend of working Minnesotans and should be the last person entrusted to enforce the law or protect our residents.”  We support the Minnesota AFL-CIO, the family of George Floyd, and all workers and community members.  

 

We also encourage you to be apart of a discussion between Labor Leaders addressing racial injustice this Wednesday, June 3rd, at 10 am. 

 

We must always remember:  An Injury to One is an Injury to All.  

Black Lives Matter. 

The right to refuse unsafe work is more important than ever – but expect a fight

by Kathy Wilkes  

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on workers. Reports of job hazards grow increasingly dire as several governors and President Trump push past CDC guidelines to "reopen" the economy while forecasts predict soaring infections and deaths.  

Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus

With a record 6.6 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week, the federal government must take greater action. Congress should get back to work passing legislation that will keep people on the job and help those who are unemployed. In the meantime, the AFL-CIO has resources available to help workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Labor Relations Board and the Changing Law Webinar Series

In this three-part series, we will review the structure of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The Board’s interpretation of the Act typically changes through proceedings brought before the Board and more recently through federal rule making. Learn more about the Board’s recent rule making on the election process and joint employer rule, and examine the recent NLRB rulings that change the interpretation of the Act.

Fee: $40 per session or $100 for all three

Register online here.

61st Annual Bean Feed Canceled

The COPE Bean Feed is SCFL’s only fundraiser for the year.  With the COVID-19 pandemic and the Safer at Home order, we don’t foresee that SCFL will be able to hold the Bean Feed at the Labor Temple.

 

Your donations have been put to good use.  This year, SCFL endorsed over 150 candidates and referenda, more than the rest of the state combined.  Many of our endorsed candidates come from union households or are union members themselves.  Together, your Union through SCFL have won pro-labor majorities on multiple County, Municipal, and School Boards, some for the very first time.

If you would like to make a donation to our only fundraiser for the year, click here and click on donations.  Proceeds are used only for member communications and not for candidate contributions.  

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