Release: AFT-Wisconsin delegates demand UW System President Ray Cross resign

Madison, WI: Delegates to AFT-Wisconsin’s recent state convention voted to demand UW System President Ray Cross resign, AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas announced today. “Faculty, staff, and graduate employee members of AFT-Wisconsin have been fighting tirelessly to protect the quality of education and research in the UW System in the face of the Republican assault on higher education,” said Kohlhaas, a teacher in the Superior School District. “But when it comes to crucial issues like academic freedom, due process, shared governance, and state funding, President Cross hasn’t been the advocate that the UW System’s students need. The Wisconsin Idea is under attack, and the head of the UW System is standing by and letting it happen. That’s why our members are calling on President Cross to step down.”

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Consumer Cost of Drugs

Why do RX drug deductibles range from $400 in Madison to $2547 in Oshkosh?  Citizen Action of Wisconsin and State Senator Dave Hansen released a new report on the consumer cost of prescription drugs in Wisconsin. 

The Gutting of Civil Service

October 5 -- PHONE BANKS will be held on Monday, October 5 in Milwaukee (WI AFL-CIO, 6333 W. Bluemound Rd.) and Madison (Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St. #212) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to protect Wisconsin's tradition of civil service. Contact Emily Mueller in Milwaukee at ekitchin@wisaflcio.org, or Wendy Strout in Madison at wstrout@aflcio.org with questions or to RSVP.

October 6 -- PUBLIC HEARING.  On Tuesday, October 6, the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform will hold a public hearing on the civil service bill. The hearing will begin at 8:30 a.m. in room 411S of the Capitol, and will continue until 6:00 p.m. with a recess between 11:50 and 2:00. If you're able, please share your testimony about why this bill is bad for Wisconsin. (If you're unable to testify, you can still register against the bill on that date.)

The Bill

AFT-Wisconsin State Employee Council: Proposed civil service changes will increase corruption

The State Employees Council of AFT-Wisconsin issued the following statement today in response to proposed changes to state civil service law, and urged Wisconsinites to contact their legislators to oppose this attempt to weaken civil service:

The recent Republican proposal to reform Wisconsin’s Civil Service rules is an attempt to degrade the work of state employees, and will only serve to introduce more corruption into state government.

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