Save the date, the WIARA Power Lunch is October 14, 2019  in Milwaukee!

More details as they become available. 


2019 WiARA Conference & Newsletter

Several AFT-Wisconsin retirees attended the 2019 Wi Association for Retired Americans Annual Conference at the Labor Temple in Madison.  Officers were elected.  A change to the bylaws was proposed and tabled.  For more information, see the newsletter.

Upcoming Events -- Spring 2019

May 1 – May Day.  State Capitol in Madison, 11:00 a.m.  Urge the state legislature to restore driver licenses and state ID cards for immigrant families and low-income people in Wisconsin. 

For more information:  https://vdlf.org/mayday2019/

May 5 - May 11 Public Employee Recognition Week.

May 10 -- WCOA Conference.  American Family Center, Building A, 6000 American Family Parkway, Madison.  9:00 a.m. – 3:30 pm.  $25 which includes lunch.  Registration deadline is May 3. 

Robert Conlin, Secretary, Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) and David Villa, Executive Director of SWIB, will give updates on the State of Wisconsin Retirement System. 

Timothy Smeeding, professor of public affairs and economics at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison, will share his recent work about the extreme inequality of income, consumption, wealth and poverty and the effect they are having on our children and grandchildren.

Helen Marks Dicks, State Issues Advocacy Director for AARP Wisconsin, will talk about some key issues before the State Legislature that will affect seniors – particularly a tax credit for family members or friends who are providing caregiving services to a loved one. 

Douglas Poland, attorney with the law firm of Rathje Woodward, will provide an update on an issue of importance to all Wisconsin residents – our right to vote for the candidates of our choice rather than candidates picking their voters.

More information and registration form at:  https://www.wicoa.org/images/2019/2019registerrprint.pdf

May 15 – Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans.  Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park Street, Madison, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  $20 includes lunch, materials and transport to the Capitol.  Political Update, Lunch and Lobby with Fellow Activists. 

For information about registration, contact gdmitche@wisc.edu or kroysterice@gmail.com

May 16 – Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Annual Meeting.  Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison (just south of South Towne).  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Keynote speaker Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. 

For flyer and how to RSVP:  https://mailchi.mp/60080de6ee9d/3-weeks-from-today?e=952e2acf03

May 22 – SCFL Bean Feed.  Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park Street, Madison.  $6.  Hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, pasta salad and a beverage.  Meet local elected officials. 

See flyer at:  https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/a49d3d_82748bc5d0ec46dfaae9b0d0c7d5f291.pdf

June 17 – Civil Service Anniversary Celebration.  Save the Date.  More information as it becomes available. 


Hiring Contractors Increases Greatly

The Department of Administration released its statutorily-required report on contract services in December 2018.  You can read the report here.  Or, to see a one-page summary, you can look at the chart we created using DOA's data here.  

There's another interesting report that DOA released recently.  It's called the State of Wisconsin Classified Workforce & Affirmative Action Report for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016 which can be found here.  It includes a chart showing separations from state service during the years fiscal year 2004 to fiscal year 2016.  You can see a scan of that chart here.  

A couple of interesting things start to happen around 2011.  The money spent on contract employees increases greatly while the number of state employees separting from state service also increases a lot.