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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.


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: .

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:

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   Registration may be made online at   

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

State Employees Power Series

Act 10 weakened, but has not killed, our state worker unions.

Session 1.  Wednesday, January 29, 2020.  Notes.  

Session 2.  Wednesday, February 26, 2020.  Flyer.  

School for Workers - Internal Organizing

The UW School for Workers is holding a workshop on internal organizing on April 13 - 15, 2020.  Topics include:

     Strategies for membership engagement

     Identifying and activating new activists

     Creating internal structures to increase capacity

     Developing collective strength.  

For more information.  If interest in attending, contact

More About Labor Day Activities From AFL-CIO

Labor Day 2019: Celebrate with these Great Union-made Events!

On Monday, September 2, we celebrate the achievements of the union movement – safe work places, the 8-hour workday, collective bargaining contracts that build our middle class -- and we pledge to keep up the fight for all working people. We stand together, united for the freedom of every worker to collectively bargain together for a better life.


Celebrate Labor Day on September 2. Join with union brothers and sisters and community members around the state as we honor all who labor at these great union-made events in Wisconsin. 

See flyer



Save the date, the WIARA Power Lunch is October 14, 2019  in Milwaukee!

More details as they become available. 


2019 WiARA Conference & Newsletter

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.