When Wisconsin Republicans introduced legislation to remove key components of the civil service system, members of AFT-Wisconsin state employee unions quickly mobilized alongside other supporters of clean government, forming the Wisconsin Coalition to Save Civil Service. Alongside their AFSCME union sisters and brothers, AFT-Wisconsin activists organized building meetings to spread the word about the importance of civil service to clean government and effective state agencies.
AFT-Wisconsin is proud to announce that it has endorsed Russ Feingold in his campaign for the US Senate. President Kim Kohlhaas sent the following letter to Mr. Feingold to announce the endorsement:
Dear Mr. Feingold,
It is with great pleasure that I, on behalf of the AFT-Wisconsin Executive Board and our thousands of members across the state of Wisconsin, offer our full support to your campaign and endorse you in your bid for the US Senate.
Faculty, staff, graduate employees, and students from across the University of Wisconsin System gathered on Friday, February 5, to rally in defense of tenure, quality education, and academic freedom before the Board of Regents gathered to review draft policies on faculty tenure.
As members of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents gathered to consider new tenure policies for the UW System, AFT-Wisconsin and the American Association of University Professors issued the following joint statement (PDF):
Have you been shorted by the new STAR payroll system? If yes, you can file a missing wages claim with the Department of Workforce Development.
“If the employer refuses to pay wages earned on the regularly established payday, the employee should request payment. If the employee does not receive payment after 6 days, the employee may file a claim with the department [Dept. of Workforce Dev.] Once a claim is filed, the department will seek to resolve the matter with the employer.”
The 2016 WPEC Convention is scheduled for Saturday, April 30. It's an election year so all Executive Council positions are open.
The deadline for submitting constitutional amendments is March 1, 2016.
Nomination Form (for Executive Council positions, excluding district representatives)
AFT-Wisconsin has a long tradition of offering educational scholarships to support dependents of members in good standing who wish to pursue a career in labor, education, health care or government service. Currently, AFT-Wisconsin offers one $1,000 university scholarship and one $500 technical college scholarship. The application period for 2015-2016 scholarships is now open; applications are due to AFT-Wisconsin by March 15, 2016, and winners will be notified by May 1, 2016.
In preparation for the Civil Service Teach-In, there will be a series of building meetings in some public office buildings in Madison. These meetings will update people on what to expect at the Teach-In. The meetings are scheduled for:
460 Science Dr., Meeting Room 2 - Tuesday, January 5, 11:45 am
DHS, 1 W. Wilson St., Room B155 - Tuesday, January 5, noon
GEF 1/DWD/DCF, Room H305 - Wednesday, January 6, 11:45 am
DOA, 101 E. Wilson, Yahara Room 114 - Wednesday, January 6, 11:45 am
City–County Bldg., MLK Blvd., room TBA - Thursday, January 7, noon
DNR/GEF 2, Room G09 - Thursday, January 7, 11:45 am
Please plan to attend.