In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column in the New York Times, she writes that, despite President Trump’s claims that we have the “best economy ever,” his policies are harming working and middle-class Americans, many of whom are struggling just to get by. “Our political and economic systems are so weighted toward the wealthy that opportunity will only come through the power of collective action,” she writes, using “the surest vehicles to increase opportunity for ordinary Americans”—public education, labor unions and voting. Read the full column.
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.
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.
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.
June 17 – Civil Service Anniversary Celebration. Save the Date. More information as it becomes available.
The AFT’s long-time advocacy for public schools has just been turbo-charged, with a sweeping, multi-pronged campaign to fund the future of American public education. Amid the continuing wave of teacher activism shining a spotlight on massive shortfalls in education investment, the Fund Our Future initiative aims to take the teachers’ megaphone into Congress, statehouses and communities nationwide.