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Know your rights to form and join a Union

Most private sector workers have the right to form and join a Union. New resources on the US Dept of Labor website educates workers about their rights and protections.

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.   


(Donations are not tax deductible)

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SCFL Scholarship
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.  

Click here for Rules and Application

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2024 WI State AFL-CIO Community Services Conference

March 21 and 22, 2024

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club

More Information

Unions File lawsuit Challenging Wisconsin Act 10

Wisconsin Examiner

Click here to see the Summons and Complaint

Click here to see upcoming School for Workers classes


Labor Notes 2024 Conference

April 19 - 21, 2024



Early bird rate for conference reservations prior to March 1st.

2024 Conference Details Here


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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. 


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 ( for resources and other ideas.


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

Deadline for submissions is Feb. 15, 2024.

Send your essays to the following email address:  Put “essay contest” in subject line.  See Flyer 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.


Fill out this form and send a check to the address on the form. 

For Union Subscriptions click here

See a few of our recent articles below.

Union Workers File Lawsuit Against Action 10 by Kevin Gundlach

On February 14, 2011, former Republican Governor Scott Walker introduced union busting legislation, known as ACT 10.  Read more

Fighting the Big Lie By Matt Rothschild

On the afternoon of June 15, there was a great protest on Sherman Avenue in Madison, right outside Kavanaugh’s Esquire Club, where members of the Republican National Committee and officials of the Wisconsin Republican Party were launching their nine-city “election integrity” tour.  Read more


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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