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New Executive Board, 2020-2022

August 30, 2020 -- No one was nominated for the following positions: President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, and Communication Secretary. 

 

Without opposition, we elected Jaime McCarville as the Membership Secretary, Ed Berry as the Treasurer and the at large council members of Jeff Richter, Melissa Heinz, Johnny Widdicombe, Scot McCollough, D. J. Dixon and Barb Smith (a little uncertainty as whether there are 5 or 6  at large delegates). Mike Sadler is District #8 delegate unless a special election is held in that district. Jamie will do the work of the Communication Secretary along with the duties of the Membership Secretary. This group will decide the fate of the unfilled positions. 

Social Security 2100 Act

August 25, 2020:  In a recent Zoom Conference with Congressman Mark Pocan arranged by the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans (WiARA), we learned that the House of Representatives have prepared a bill to strengthen and protect Social Security. 

The effort was led by Representative John Larson.  The bill would increase the cap for payroll taxes to $400,000, set a minimum benefit level and more.  The bill hasn't been introduced yet and is awaiting Speaker Pelosi's determination of the right time for introduction.  

For more details, go to https://larson.house.gov/social-security-2100

The COVID-19 Pandemic and State Employment

WPEC and WSP (Wisconsin Science Professionals) requested a meeting with Malika Evanco, Administrator of DOA's Division of Personnel Management, to talk about the pandemic and its impact on state employees.  Below is a statement they gave to DOA at their first meeting in June.    

AFT-W SEC Statement

Confirm Your Voter Registration (or Register)

June, 2020 -- See the notice from the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans about how to confirm that your voting information is correct.  

WiARA Notice

 

 

State of the State Workforce

As of February 2020, there were 2,945 people listed as LTEs.  There were a few duplicate names which probably represents people holding two separate jobs.

The vacant positions report from DOA for February 2020 listed over 4,000. See the full report.  Vacant Positions

The contract services report for fiscal year 2019  says $598,630,58 was spent on contract services.   That’s a big increase from the $566,739,532 for 2018.  See the full report at  Fiscal Year 2019 Contracting Report.

 

WPEC Convention is postponed until August 15

UPDATE:  The WPEC Convention will be an ONLINE meeting, probably Zoom.  More details later.  Since most of us are supposed to be staying at home right now, we have postponed the WPEC Convention/Annual Meeting to August 15, 2020.  

Please Support LTEs

Help make Wisconsin safe during the  Corona virus threat.  Support LTEs  who don't have paid sick leave or health insurance.  See the letter from AFT-W President Kim Kohlhaas to Governor Evers advocating for LTES.

 Letter from AFT-W President to Governor.

Upcoming Events

Labor Notes Conference - April 17-19, 2020 in Chicago   POSTPONED

The Labor Notes Conference will be very big this year and early bird registration closes Feb. 28th. If you would like to be on a list for local organizers who will be helping to coordinate transport, hotel rooms, etc., please click on this survey:  https://forms.gle/qxn2jAcnJ8wcTddB9 .

Wisconsin Grassroots Festival – March 21, 2020 in Mazomanie

This event is to inform, engage, and inspire with thought-provoking speakers and breakout sessions. Come meet activists and organizations from around the state, and enjoy music, food and fun.  For more information, including how to register, go to:  https://allevents.in/mazomanie/12th-annual-wisconsin-grassroots-festival/1000092495593811

Wisconsin Labor History Society Conference – March 28, 2020 in Milwaukee   CANCELLED

This conference will look at Wisconsin’s past and how to regain our State’s progressive traditions.  Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, will be the keynote speaker.   For more information, go to  http://www.wisconsinlaborhistory.org/   Registration may be made online at www.wlhs2020.eventbrite.com.   

Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants 2020 Conference – May 15, 2020  CANCELLED

The WICOA conference is scheduled for Friday, May 15 at the American Family Campus.  In addition to the presentations on the Wisconsin Retirement System, Jay Heck of Common Cause in Wisconsin will be speaking on What’s Ahead for ending Partisan Gerrymandering in Wisconsin.  This conference isn’t just for retirees.  It is scheduled on a Friday, but it’s worth taking the time off to attend.  For a copy of the agenda and a link to registration, go to https://www.wicoa.org/2020conference.php

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