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Celebrating student loan relief

“It was like waking up and learning you won the lottery.” That’s just one of the comments flooding the AFT offices from members who are elated to be free of student debt at last. After relentless advocacy, including an AFT lawsuit against former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that was so broken is finally doing what it is supposed to do: delivering relief from student debt for thousands of borrowers. So far, $6.2 billion in student debt has been forgiven for 100,000 public service workers like teachers, nurses and professors.


Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants (WCOA)

Feb 23, 2022.  The WISCONSIN COALITION of ANNUITANTS consists of statewide and regional organizations representing retirees in the Wisconsin Retirement System, and may include active as well as retired participants in the system.

The WCOA Annual Meeting will be two Thursday mornings, May 5 and May 19. Two speakers each morning. ETF and SWIB will be separate mornings.  

The Coalition recently reported on a three-year study of the WRS recently completed by ETF.  The study can be found here.

Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants 2021 Summary

January 3, 2022.  Below is a summary from WCOA about what they did during 2021.  Bob Beglinger and Kathy Kreul are AFTW's reps to WCOA.  For more information about WCOA, go to


Rising Worker Activism

Join the Wisconsin AFL-CIO and on Tuesday, December 14, at the Madison Club for a luncheon panel discussion on "Rising Worker Activism and What it Means for the Wisconsin Economy."

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Wisconsin Labor History 40th Annual Conference

Saturday Nov. 6, 2021, 9:00 am

American Postal Workers Union Hall, 417 N 3rd St., Milwaukee.


2018 Classified Workforce Report

September 21, 2021:  DOA recentlly released the 2018 Classified Workforce and Affirmative Action Report.  To see the report click here

One trend cited by the DOA Secretary in her cover letter was that the rate of employees separating from state service for any reason other than retirement increased consisently over the last five years ...

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 17, 2021 – Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

View this FREE webinar from the comfort of your own home. Hear from:

David Stein, Chairman of SWIB Board of Trustees

Edwin Denson, Executive Director/Chief Investment Officer, SWIB
and John Voelker, Secretary of ETF.

For more details and to register, go to Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants (

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 -- Wisconsin Democracy Campaign's Virtual Gathering   

RSVP by Sunday, May 16 via link below.


5:00 – 5:30 Welcome and a Year in Review

5:30 – 5:40 Bruce Murphy: Media Democracy -- Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and Media in Wisconsin

5:40 – 6:00 Keynote Speaker Rep. Francesca Hong: Democracy, Racial Equity, and Economic Justice

6:00 – 6:30 Q&A

For more details & RSVP, go to Wisconsin Democracy Campaign's Virtual Gathering 2021 - Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (