Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.
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 https://www.wicoa.org/index.php
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 ...
Contracting Out Report for FY 2020
June 26, 2021 -- The FY 2020 Contracting Report is now available. You can see it here or go to DOA's webpage and see it and other years' reports.