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PRO Act Week of Action, July 17 – 25

Three events this week:
The Working Class is going ALL OUT to pass the PRO Act.
Wisconsin workers will be holding one virtual event,
***Wednesday, July 21, 6:00 pm, virtual panel
and two in-person rallies to
Thank Senator Tammy Baldwin for her support of the PRO Act and
Call on Senator Ron Johnson to co-sponsor the PRO Act.
The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is the most transformative labor law reform in generations. It will
*Update federal labor law to empower workers exercising our freedom to join together in union.
*Rebalance our economy and correct our democracy to ensure more workers have a seat at the table. #PassthePROAct.
More local labor info here

Attend in-person PRO Act Events in the Madison area:
***Thursday, July 22, 6:00 – 7:00 pm,
PRO Act Event at Sen.Read more... “PRO Act Week of Action, July 17 – 25”

Results, July 13 Special Election: Pete Adams, AD 37; and Kristen Morris, Dane Co. Board, District 19

9:56 pm, July 13
The candidates gave their best efforts.
Both Adams and Morris were defeated.
Results are posted on the County Clerks’ respective web sites.

IBEW 159 member, Pete Adams, is running for Assembly District 37. (Includes DeForest, Bristol/Sun Prairie, Ixonia, Waterloo, Watertown etc. See map at District 37 lin
For Dane County Board District 19, the Labor-endorsed candidate is Kristen Morris. (Sun Prairie area)
For voting info,
To help with phone banks and literature drops, click here.


Three Ways to Support Workers This Week

  • This week: Support IAMAW 1406, On Strike against Federal Industries, in Belleville, Wi
  • 6/20-6/28: Mass March and Rally for Driver’s Licenses and Citizenship, Madison
  • 6/30: Rally for Justice, 2 pm, Hufcor, 2101 Kennedy Rd., Janesville
  • Details for all events at
  • Scroll down for event flyers



Honoring Juneteenth in Wisconsin and Nationally

From the White House:
On June 19, 1865 — nearly nine decades after our Nation’s founding, and more than 2 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation — enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally received word that they were free from bondage.  As those who were formerly enslaved were recognized for the first time as citizens, Black Americans came to commemorate Juneteenth with celebrations across the country, building new lives and a new tradition that we honor today.  In its celebration of freedom, Juneteenth is a day that should be recognized by all Americans. And that is why I am proud to have consecrated Juneteenth as our newest national holiday.

Juneteenth is a day of profound weight and power.

A day in which we remember the moral stain and terrible toll of slavery on our country –- what I’ve long called America’s original sin.… Read more... “Honoring Juneteenth in Wisconsin and Nationally”

Wage Allocation Survey Results

Greetings 159 Family,
Here is the breakdown of the wage and benefit package for all three agreements. Thank you to everyone who participated in having their voice heard. The one real benefit of using the survey was the significant increase in members voting. (Nearly 600 members voted.) I know we have all made a lot of adjustments and have had to be flexible on many matters throughout COVID. I truly appreciate the willingness and cooperation of our members to keep forging ahead together, no matter what obstacles we faced.
Thank you.
Sue Blue, Business Manager IBEW 159


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Every day is a good time to be kind. To others. To ourselves.
If someone is struggling, there are many resources available, including:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255)
National Youth Crisis Hotline (800) 442-HOPE (4673)
Wisconsin Hopeline (immediate emotional support)
Text “HOPELINE” to 741741

National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline (800) 662-4357

National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799−SAFE (7233)


Nurses Week 2021


Riding the wave of their March contract with UnityPoint-Meriter, the SEIU Health Care Wisconsin union nurses rallied at the Capitol on May 8, to speak out on behalf of UW Hospital health care workers, and all health care workers. The UW health care workers’ union fell victim to Act 10, during the Scott Walker administration. The future of UW workers remains unclear, but the assembled nurses sent a strong message, on behalf of all health care workers seeking union support. Meriter is currently the only Madison hospital where nurses enjoy union representation.
Meriter Nurses’ Success
In March 2021, after fruitless attempts to bargain for a contract that would address their concerns, more than 850 UnityPoint-Meriter Hospital nurses were prepared to strike. … Read more... “Nurses Week 2021”