September 7, 2016
There's a plan to change our group health insurance to a self-insurance model. This is a huge change and will affect active employees and retirees. It will also likely have a big impact on the health care market in Wisconsin.
Contact your legislator to request more public input. Two organizations, POWRS and ACE, have already written about some of the concerns. See their articles. ACE has also scheduled an information meeting on Monday, September 26.
Aug. 31, 2016
“Jobs at King used to be sought after. There were waiting lists of people eager to work there. Now it is difficult to attract employees because the conditions have become so difficult while employee compensation has gone backwards because of Act 10,”
Our Labor 2016 voter outreach program is underway and union members are ready to educate and mobilize Wisconsin voters this election season. Around the state, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO is hosting phone banks and canvasses.
July 7, 2016. The law that gutted civil service, Act 150, went into effect on July 1, 2016, although some changes won't be implemented right away. Here is a link to a set of FAQs about the changes.
There was also a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform where DOA officials (Cate Zueske and Stacey Rolston) described the implementation of Act 150. Below is a link to the video (it's about 2 hours).
May 24, 2016. Here is a link to some documents about the civil service bill. Check out pages 83-89 in the document. This is the part from the Division of Personnel Management in DOA commenting on 2015 SB 285 (the bill that gutted civil service.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article which describes some of the concerns raised by state HR staff.
The May 2016 issue of The Union Voice, AFT-Wisconsin's newsletter, is now available. You can read individual articles below, or download the entire issue as a PDF file. If you would like to suggest a story for a future issue of The Union Voice, please contact AFT-Wisconsin Communications Director Aaron Bibb.