September 29, 2020 -- Join us for the September meeting of the Wisconsin State Worker Power* series, where we discuss the movement against racism and how workers (and particularly us as public employees) have a key role, and a need, to be involved.
Meeting ID: 867 2315 9782 One tap mobile +16465588656,,86723159782#
Wisconsin State Worker Power is a group of state employees (and friends) discussing issues affecting state workers and what we can do about them.
WiARA Power Lunch
September 29, 2020 -- The Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans (WiARA) will be holding its annual Power Lunch on October 12. This year, it will be a virtual meeting. See the flyer for more details.
August 30, 2020 -- No one was nominated for the following positions: President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, and Communication Secretary.
Without opposition, we elected Jaime McCarville as the Membership Secretary, Ed Berry as the Treasurer and the at large council members of Jeff Richter, Melissa Heinz, Johnny Widdicombe, Scot McCollough, D. J. Dixon and Barb Smith (a little uncertainty as whether there are 5 or 6 at large delegates). Mike Sadler is District #8 delegate unless a special election is held in that district. Jamie will do the work of the Communication Secretary along with the duties of the Membership Secretary. This group will decide the fate of the unfilled positions.
Social Security 2100 Act
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.
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.
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.