Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act
STRONGER UNIONS MAKE FOR A STRONGER AMERICA
The PRO Act is a landmark worker empowerment, civil rights and economic stimulus legislation, and an essential part of any plan to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.
More and more of America’s workers want to join a union. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. When working people come together in a union, we can negotiate for higher wages, better benefits and working conditions, and we also have a real say in critical workplace issues like time off to care for a loved one, the deployment of technology and protection from all kinds of discrimination.
Click here to learn more about the PRO Act. This website is filled with useful information about the PRO Act and ways for union members—and members of the public—to take action.
Wisconsin Labor History Society High School Labor History Essay Contest
Deadline for submission is February 15, 2022
The Wisconsin Labor History Society announces its Kenneth A. Germanson Essay Contest for the 2021-2022 School Year for Wisconsin high school students (Grades 9-12). Win cash prizes up to $500.
Write essays of about 750 words on the topic:“Unions have been important to my family and my community because . . .”
U.S. Dept of Treasury's Emergency Rental Assistance
If you're looking for help with housing costs, you're not alone
Renters and landlords can apply for money from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance program. Get help with rent, utility bills and even moving costs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for renters and landlords to cover housing costs. The CDC eviction moratorium ended on July 31, so renters are worried about catching up on past-due rent and facing eviction.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has an Emergency Rental Assistance program. The funds are being distributed by state and local organizations to their communities. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a tool to find a program in your community.
WI State AFL-CIO Community Services Conference
March 24, 25 and 26, 2022
This RETURNING annual event promises excitement, education, and motivation - an agenda filled with workshops and keynote speakers! Specifics will be mailed out at a later date but we wanted to make sure you had the necessary information for planning and budgeting purposes. We would like to encourage ALL affiliates to send at least one participant to the conference. The "investment" will be well worth it.
LABOR DAY LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Pass the Pro Act
Throughout the pandemic, working people have kept our communities up and running. The nurses caring for sick patients, the teachers who ensure their students are still learning, the grocery store workers who stock the shelves late into the night, the factory workers making the ventilators for our hospitals, and so many others who have inspired us.
This Labor Day, we must do more than simply express our gratitude—we need to fight to make workers’ lives better. Being in a Union is the best way to do this. The workers at Colectivo who recently formed a Union know this. Yet, the obstacles and delays that the Colectivo workers faced demonstrate the need for change.
Wisconsin’s so called “right to work” law is about taking away workers’ rights on the job. A vestige of Jim Crow, it was created to segregate white workers from workers of color. And these laws have led to other disastrous consequences. On average, workers in right to work States make 15.2% less annually than workers in free bargaining States. Even worse, right to work States have a 37% higher workplace fatality rate. Perhaps it should be called for what it is: “Forced to die while working for less”.
It doesn’t have to be this way. A bill called the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is making its way through Congress. When it’s passed, this new law will give millions more workers the ability to form unions and exercise their democratic rights on the job. This Labor Day, that is something to fight for.
Kevin Gundlach, President of the South Central Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
LABOR IN THE PULPITS, ON THE BIMAH, IN THE MINBAR
Worker Justice Wisconsin
This year, our allies of faith are participating in Labor in the Pulpits/On the Bimah/In the Minbar. This is a September-long
program when congregations set aside time to lift up the dignity of work, support especially low-wage and immigrant workers, and speak to the experiences of essential workers in Wisconsin and around the county.
As a reminder: You can locate extensive news and faith resources for this program on Worker Justice Wisconsin's website. Additionally, you can use their videos to share on social media. All videos are also available on their YouTube Channel.
Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society, 2010 Whenona Dr., Madison, will have a Labor in the Pulpits in-person service at 10 am this Sunday (9/5), and they will be masked and following CDC guidelines (see https://uuprairie.org).
Other congregations participating this weekend include Middleton Community Church, First Unitarian Society of Madison, Orchard Ridge UCC, and Brown Deer United Methodist. More congregations will be participating during other weekends this month.
South Central Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Scholarship Winners
2021-22 School Year
Myranda Bischoff, daughter of IAMAW Local 873 member Daniel Bischoff, who works at John Deere. Myranda will be studying biomedical engineering at UW Madison.
Bradon Franke, son of IAMAW Local 873 member Bradley Franke, who works at John Deere. Bradon is studying fire protection and EMT at Madison College.
The South Central Federation of Labor has awarded four $1,000 scholarships by lottery drawing to the sons and daughters of area union members. In addition, SCFL's Dodge County Chapter has awarded two $500 scholarships. Here are the winners!
Allison Evans, daughter of MTI member Dana Evans, who is employed at Shorewood Hills Elementary School. Allison is studying communication sciences and disorders and/or linguistics.
Grace Guetschow, daughter of OPEIU Local 39 member Denise Guetschow, who is employed at CUNA Mutual Group. Grace is studying engineering physics at UW Platteville.
Mikael Frey, son of OPEIU Local 39 member Michael Frey, who is employed at CUNA Mutual Group. Mikael is studying biochemistry at Oberlin College.
Alanna Beilke, daughter of USU member Dustin Beilke, who is employed at WEAC Region 6. Alanna will be studying vocal performance at Eastman School for Music at University of Rochester.
Worker Relief Fund
Checks can to 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!
All donations will go directly to helping other union members in need.
Union Labor News
SEIU Nurses and Healthcare Workers Win Major Agreements
March has been an exciting month for the Madison labor movement, as nurses and healthcare workers rallied the community, faith leaders, elected officials and a broad range of union members to their cause, and won major agreements at UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital and Oakwood Village. Read more here
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Proud Union Home
For only $10, you can get your Union-Made (right here in Wisconsin) sign by contacting us at: Solidarity@SCFL.org
Our office is closed due to the pandemic, email us to set up a time for pick-up.
At his Wall Street office in Madison, Senator Johnson finally took questions from Wisconsin's workers about the PRO Act.
He answered our questions, well....sort of.....