Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Invitation to Join Them In La Crosse on Thursday

Join us tomorrow in La Crosse. State Rep. Steve Doyle and County Board Chair Tara Johnson will join local retirees, nursing aides, and families of the disabled to discuss choices facing Congress that could threaten vital services and the economy. Can we count on you to be there?

It is time for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations start paying their fair share - now's not the time to cut critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.


Families living paycheck to paycheck and all Americans working hard to make a better life for themselves won this election. By electing Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate and re-electing President Barack Obama, Wisconsinites rejected a rigged system that only works for the wealthiest few and chose an economy that works for everyone.

Join us for tomorrow's 1 p.m. news conference in the lobby of the County Administrative Center,
400 N. Fourth St. In Wisconsin, Medicare provides health insurance for over 950,000 seniors - and Medicaid pays for more than two out of three nursing home residents are paid for by Medicaid. Funding for these critical programs is at risk in the lame duck budget session starting next Tuesday.

In Solidarity,


Phil Neuenfeldt, President
Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer

A reprieve for Wisconsin labor? | SocialistWorker.org

WISCONSIN'S PUBLIC-sector workers may escape the brunt of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union laws, thanks to a September court ruling. But with Walker and anti-union forces set to appeal the ruling, unions that represent government workers are still at risk of losing their right to collective bargaining. …. In the meantime, some public-sector unions took concessionary contracts before Act 10 came into effect. Madison-area unions, including AFSCME Local 60 and MTI, seized the opportunity to negotiate contract extensions without Walker's restrictions on collective bargaining.

SPECIAL NOTE: Exit polling in Wisconsin unfortunately still showed that 33% of households reporting that at least one voting member in union household's voted for republicans. This still remains puzzling to a majority of "Union" households that have experienced the fallout from legislative actions like Wisconsin ACT 10. Whether these union households that voted republican were the reason Wisconsin delivered the presidency to President Obama, but returned "absolute" majority control of Wisconsin State Government to republicans, again, remains unknown. However, it certainly had to help the republicans to regain absolute majority control. What remains really scary for Wisconsin union households, or at least 66% of union households is how Governor Scott Walker and GOP legislative leadership interpret the Wisconsin vote. If they interpret the Wisconsin vote as a "mandate" to continue their legislative assault on "union" workers, then does that mean they initiate their anti-collective bargaining attack on "private" union workers? One thing will be certain in Wisconsin, if they do, it is likely they failed to recognize the wrath and pushback they received when they attecked the public-sector union workers.

A reprieve for Wisconsin labor? | SocialistWorker.org

Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the 2012 Election

“We are proud of the role AFSCME members and our sisters and brothers in the labor movement have played in this critical victory. More workers than ever got involved through the AFL-CIO’s political program, the smartest, biggest and broadest effort we’ve ever run. More than 65,000 AFSCME volunteers went into action, combining cutting-edge voter communications with massive grassroots strength." --- Lee Saunders, AFSCME International President

Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on the 2012 Election

Election 2012 - WISCONSIN Election Results - CBS News

Follow the below link for the "Top of the Ticket" Election results for WISCONSIN:

Election 2012 - Wisconsin Election Results - CBS News

AFSCME | Obama Re-Elected to the White House

They did it. … Across the country, 65,600 public service workers who are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO pulled together with family, coworkers, neighbors and community allies to ensure victory in Election 2012 for Pres. Barack Obama and candidates who will support America’s working families in Congress and state and local offices …… “This is a good day for the middle class, the Main Street movement and the American Dream,” AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders said. “The American people sent a clear message that we will stand with a President who stands with all Americans. From the White House to the statehouses, we pulled together to elect leaders who believe that we are all in this together.”

AFSCME | Obama Re-Elected to the White House

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Still Waiting To Vote?

AFSCME ALERT: If you are in line to vote when the polls close, they HAVE to let you vote. Call 866-687-8683 to report voting problems.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

AFSCME Wisconsin: Complete Your Ballot

Thank you for all you have done to get our state and our nation moving forward again.

We know how hard you’ve been working – ever since the day Gov. Scott Walker “dropped the bomb” on public service workers.

We fought back hard, and you can be proud of what we’ve accomplished.

We can take another step forward tomorrow, by making sure that we elect worker-friendly candidates from top to bottom of the ballot.

Some polls are starting to predict that President Obama will be re-elected. 

In this time of saturation advertising and voter suppression tactics, we can take nothing for granted.

Please make sure to get to the polls tomorrow, and make sure your family, your friends and your co-workers get there between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

And while you’re casting your vote for president, make sure to mark your ballot for Tammy Baldwin. She is a true friend and will be a great champion for working people in the U.S. Senate.

And click here to see recommendations from your fellow AFSCME members for state and local races.

Through hard fought recall elections, we took back our State Senate from Walker’s rubber stampers. 

We need to hold on to the worker-friendly majority we won in the Senate.

And we need to send a message by making serious gains in the State Assembly.

The stakes are high in tomorrow’s election.

Will we continue to see Tea Party zealots slash services while serving up tax breaks for the rich?

Or will we elect leaders who believe our best days are before us and are willing to invest in a brighter vision for America?

The choice is yours. Please get out and vote tomorrow, and support worker friendly candidates for every office on your ballot.

In solidarity,

Jim Garity, President
AFSCME Council 40

Paulette Feld, President
AFSCME Council 24

Brian Stafford, President
AFSCME Council 48
 
Rick Badger, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 40

Marty Beil, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 24

Rich Abelson, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 48

PS. If you have two hours that you can help with the final day of the campaign, click here to volunteer.  This will be a close race and every thing you can do will help.

Paid for by Wisconsin Legislative Council 11, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, WIAFSCME.org. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

AFSCME Council 24 Provides More Action and Advocacy

The arbitration results outlined below represent continued activity and advocacy by the Locals and Council 24 on behalf of our members.  Special thanks to Katy Krumm, Local 122, for her synopsis and comments:

Arbitration Results from 10/12/12
Stanley Correctional Institution 

Case #1
An employee received a 1 day suspension for allegedly violating ED #50. The employee had sent out a group email asking which staff members were interested in participating in a benefit for a former co-worker who had died and had pictures from a Green Bay Packers game that the employee attended which were being used as a screen saver. The union presented evidence that management , all the way up to Warden Wallace from CVCTF send out similar emails multiple times per year and that personal pictures are allowed if they are being used a screen saver. The union also argued that the 1 day suspension was not just because it was not progressive discipline. The arbitrator affirmed the union’s arguments and reduced the 1 day suspension to a letter of reprimand. The letter of reprimand may now be removed from the employees file on the 12 month anniversary of the date of the incident.

Case #2
An employee working a 7-3 shift was ordered for 2nd shift overtime at 1300. Management at SCI forced another 1st shift sergeant for the same position from 1400-1500 until the 7-3 sergeant finished their original shift and was available to work the ordered position. The union argued that the 7-3 sergeant was not eligible to be forced for overtime that occurred before the start of 2nd shift because they were not eligible to sign-up and accept the overtime. A staff member may not accept or be forced for overtime that conflicts with their regularly scheduled shift. An SCI Captain went as far as to present untruthful statements to the arbitrator, claiming that he had ordered Sgt. Rose in the past in the same manner that this Sergeant was ordered. Those statements were proven false. The arbitrator affirmed the union’s position and awarded the grievant comp. time for the incident.
Case #3
An employee was forced for 3rd shift overtime out of seniority order. An officer junior to the grievant left the institution without checking in with supervisors. SCI management stated that they would not affirm the grievance when it was originally filed because then they would have to write up the employee that left without checking in and didn’t want to do that, because then the union would grieve that discipline also. The union presented evidence that the employee was not the junior officer on shift and since he was forced at 2145 the need for overtime was known in plenty of time to notify the junior officer on shift. The arbitrator affirmed the union’s position and comp. time was awarded to the grievant.
 
Case #4
An employee was demoted without just cause. The union presented evidence that of the 3 staff involved only the grievant was disciplined. The union also presented evidence that the discipline was extremely excessive and not progressive. Management spent 4 hours attempting to sway the arbitrator with misinformation that was not relevant the grievance which was being heard. The arbitrator affirmed the union’s position and restored the grievant to the rank of Sergeant.
 
Case #5
An employee received a 1 day suspension for an incident that occurred 3 days from a similar incident. The union argued that the employer should have combined the two incidents since they happened 3 days apart and had the same mitigating circumstances. The arbitrator sided with management and upheld the discipline.
 
Case #6
An employee was denied 230.36 benefits. The union argued that the employee did everything correctly and should be made whole. Management argued that the employee should have re-submitted the forms several months after the incident when the employee was off work. The arbitrator sided with management and upheld the denial of benefits.

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Following commentary provided by AFSCME Council 24 Local 122 President Katy Krumm;

The golden question I get asked day in and day out is, “What can the union do for me?” All of the people involved in the cases above have been career-long union members. They know the Golden Question isn’t ,“What can my union do for me?” It is, “What would happen to me without my union?” Without the support that comes from being in a union, management would have had free reign to discipline these members anyway they saw fit, but the union was there to hold them accountable for their actions and see that everyone was given a fair shake. Being part of a union means that no one has to stand alone. We are all in this together and by standing together we can effect a change in our workplace, whether management wants to admit or not. We are the majority, we have the voice, and that voice is the power as long as we stand by each other.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

More details emerge about Obama's Monday rally in Madison

Wisconsin State Journal releases more details regarding President Obama's visit to Madison on Monday, November 5th.

More details emerge about Obama's Monday rally in Madison

Danny DeVito Joining Canvassers in La Crosse on Sunday

Danny De Vito will be here Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2:00 p.m. in room 340 of Cartwright Center at UW-L.  Again, we want canvassers.  The cast of "It's Always Sunny" will be with Danny.     

Please use the following link to volunteer or RSVP for events.  
  
https://docs.google.com/a/ofawi.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGJWdkpVZEJiVVRvYjUzc09DalFxb2c6MQ#gid=0 

Bruce Springsteen and oh yes, President Barack Obama in Madison on Monday

President Barack Obama knows just how much Wisconsin matters.  That’s why he’s coming to Madison on Monday morning on the eve of this critical election.

He knows we can stop the Romney/Ryan attack on our values right here, right now.

He knows we can elect Tammy Baldwin, sending a true champion for the working people to the U.S. Senate.

The President will be in Madison on Monday morning to boost our momentum.  Tammy Baldwin will join him on stage.  And if that’s not enough star power for you, Bruce Springsteen will be on hand to play a few favorites.

The event is free, but you must have a ticket to get in.  Click here to RSVP for your ticket.

The president also needs your help in cutting through the campaign commercial clutter by joining us a couple hours over the next 4 days to talk to neighbors to ensure they vote for our worker friendly candidates.  Click here to show President Obama and Tammy Baldwin that AFSCME stands with them against the right-wing attack on working people.“

We are on the verge of turning the tide -- for the nation, and for the future of our own state.

Be part of history.  Come out and see the president on Monday. 

And sign up here to make history as we fight to get our state and nation moving forward again.

In solidarity,

Jim Garity, President
AFSCME Council 40

Paulette Feld, President
AFSCME Council 24
 
Rick Badger, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 40

Marty Beil, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 24

PS. Don't wake up Wednesday morning wishing you had done more.  Click here to make a difference.

This is a Wisconsin statutue 11.29 communication to members and subscribers.  Paid for by AFSCME Council 11 and Wisconsin PEOPLE Conference PAC, Doug Burnett, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate, candidate's agent or committee.

Friday, November 2, 2012

From DOA Regarding President Obama's Visit on Monday

Wisconsin Department of
ADMINISTRATION

November 2, 2012

Good afternoon,

President Barack Obama will be speaking in Madison on Monday, November 5. The event is planned downtown on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard from between 10-11 a.m. outside the City/County Building and the Madison Municipal Building (where the post office is located).

This email includes details about operations of State office buildings and parking in the downtown area. This information is current as of early afternoon on Friday. Please check the Department of Administration (DOA) website at www.doa.state.wi.us regularly throughout the weekend and Monday morning because this information is subject to change.

State Office Buildings
State office buildings will remain open. We recognize this event will cause delays in arriving to work, additional security and large crowds. Employees who do not work in State office buildings downtown may wish to avoid the area unless you are attending the event. If you have a meeting scheduled downtown on Monday, it should be rescheduled or cancelled because buildings will have limited access.

Security in the area will be increased starting on Sunday, November 4. The following streets and areas will be closed from Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to Monday afternoon, which will impact your commute to work, so please plan accordingly:

·         Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
·         Doty Street
·         Wilson Street
·         Main Street
·         Capitol Square

At the recommendation of law enforcement, all State employees should wear their State ID until the conclusion of the visit.

Below is more information for specific State buildings downtown: 
DOA Building - 101 East Wilson Street
·       SAFETY: all blinds must be closed and staff must stay away from windows on Monday. Security will be watching the area closely and you must follow this safety precaution to avoid any safety risk to you and your colleagues.
 
·       Currently, the front entrances of the building and parking below the building will be available.
 
·       Please check the DOA website at www.doa.state.wi.us throughout the weekend and Monday morning for any updated information.

DHS Building - 1 West Wilson
·       SAFETY: staff must stay away from windows on Monday. Security will be watching the area closely and you must follow this safety precaution to avoid any safety risk to you and your colleagues.
·       Employees may enter in the back of the building at the 2B entrance.
·       All front entrances of the building will be closed to employees and the general public. Therefore, the public will also not have the ability to obtain vital records during this timeframe on Monday.

·       If you have a parking space in the Monona Terrace parking ramp, you may access your spot from the John Nolen Drive entrance only.
·      DHS employees should check their employee hotline 1-866-848-5112 and the DHS website for the most current information about Monday’s event. 
State Capitol
·         SAFETY: all blinds must be closed and staff must stay away from windows on Monday. Security will be watching the area closely and you must follow this safety precaution to avoid any safety risk to you and your colleagues.
 
·         The Capitol Square will be closed starting on Sunday, November 5.

·         The Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard entrance to the Capitol will be closed.
·         If you have a parking space in the GEF1 or GEF2 building, you will be able to access your parking spot.
Risser Justice Center & Law Library – Main Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard

·       SAFETY: all blinds must be closed and staff must stay away from windows on Monday. Security will be watching the area closely and you must follow this safety precaution to avoid any safety risk to you and your colleagues.

·       Employees must enter the building from the Main Street entrance for the ramp.
 
·      You may still park in the parking ramp, but you will not be able to leave until after the event is over and security has cleared the area.
Attending the Event
Employees who wish to attend should ensure this is done on their own time and that they have obtained supervisory approval. 
Thank you for your patience. We realize this poses some challenges with the short notice, but we appreciate your understanding. Again, please check the DOA website at www.doa.state.wi.us for any updates throughout the weekend and Monday. We will post any additional information or changes on that website. 
Thank you,

Michael Huebsch
Secretary

Obama rally Monday will be on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

President Barack Obama's Election Day eve campaign rally in Madison will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of the City County Building on Monday morning, local authorities told some office workers in the area on Friday.
Obama rally Monday will be on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Election Night Party for the La Crosse Area

We have received the following information regarding plans for an Election Night Party in La Crosse:

ELECTION NIGHT PARTY

Don't miss celebrating with other Democrats on Tuesday after the polls close at 8 p.m.  DOORS WILL OPEN AT 8 P.M.

Place:  Radisson Hotel Ballroom
Time:   8:00 p.m. until 1 a.m. 

Source: La Crosse County Democratic Party

Application Process | Emerge Wisconsin

AFSCME Council 24 is a proud supporter of Emerge Wisconsin and we encourage AFSCME Women to make a difference in future elections through the education and assistance of Emerge Wisconsin. If you have thought of running for an elected office, but did not know where to start or how to be effective in running for office, then this is the place to start.

Deadline for applying for the 2013 Emerge Wisconsin Class is Wednesday, November 14th, 2012.

P.S. Make sure you take advantage of Wisconsin's EARLY VOTE that ends today or ensure that you cast your votes on Tuesday, November 6th.

Application Process | Emerge Wisconsin