Our Health Insurance Changed to Self-Insurance?

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.  

POWRS article

ACE article

ACE Information Meeting

Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.

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Veterans Home at king

Aug. 31, 2016 

AFSCME wants accountability.  

“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,”

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Labor 2016 voter outreach program

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. 

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Civil Service Changes Update

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. 

FAQs on Civil Service 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).

Public Hearing Video, Wisconsin Eye

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