The South Central of Federation (SCFL) AFL-CIO is raising money for organizing efforts throughout Dane County and the surrounding area. The amount of new unionization efforts our office has received in the past few years is unprecedented. In the last year alone, it has tripled. For the vast majority of these campaigns, workers are not with a union right away. Until the workers choose a union, SCFL works with them for months, sometimes up to a year. Because of our assistance, workers are better prepared when they do end up with a union. To continue our success, SCFL needs funding to assist in the very critical, initial stages for workers to organize into a union.
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2024-25 School Year
Members and children of members who belong to any of our affiliated unions, live or work in one of our eleven counties, have not yet received a post-secondary degree, and have not previously been awarded a SCFL scholarship are eligible to apply. Application deadline is June 21, 2024.
2024 WI State AFL-CIO Community Services Conference
March 21 and 22, 2024
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
Attn: Wisconsin High School Students
Win $$$ for Essays on Labor History!
All Wisconsin high school students (grades 9-12) are eligible to participate in a High School Essay Contest conducted annually by the Wisconsin Labor History Society. The high school students are asked to write an essay of approximately 750 words on the following theme: “Unions are good for my family, my community, and my nation because . . .” and up to eight cash prizes are awarded for the best. The prizes will include one $500 first-place prize, one $300 second-place prize, one $200 third-place prize, and up to five $100 prizes for honorable mention.
WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT . . .
All Wisconsin high school students have ready access to labor history. Check with parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Also, neighbors and family friends. Ask to interview them and then write your essay. Only 750 words. Also you may do independent research on topics of labor history. Check the Wisconsin Labor History website (www.wisconsinlaborhistory.org) for resources and other ideas.
CONTEST RULES. . .
Essays should be approximately 750 words in length. They will be judged on understanding, evidence of original research, writing style and significance. Essays must be submitted by email in Microsoft Word or as PDF file. Submissions must include a cover sheet with the following information: Your name, address, home telephone number, your email address, your grade in school, name and address of your school, and, if you were encouraged or assisted by a teacher, the teacher’s name. (Also, list your family’s union membership, if applicable.) If you have any questions, contact: Harvey J. Kaye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submissions is Feb. 15, 2024.
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