August 30, 2020 --
August 30, 2020 --
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are the members you elected to represent you on the WPEC Executive Council. Executive Council terms are 2018-2020.
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.