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Working Families in America Today


A May Day 2014 Lament for American Labor

A May Day 2014 Lament for American Labor

by JACK RASMUS

Today, May 1, 2014, is International Labor Day. It is worth summing up how well American workers—and their unions—have fared over the past year; since the so-called economic recovery began in mid-2009; and for the recent decades preceding.

What’s happened to jobs, wages and incomes, health and retirement security, and other indicators of the quality of life for the more than 100 million non-supervisory wage and salary earners—the core of the working class in America—over the past decade and especially since 2009?… Read more... “Working Families in America Today”

Licensure Bill: Wisconsin Act 143


Wisconsin Act 143

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Mandatory Licensing Starts 4/1/2014

If you have not renewed your license or obtained registration or a license,

YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LEGALLY PERFORM ELECTRICAL WORK IN WISCONSIN starting tomorrow, April 1st.

You can stop by Wisconsin DSPS at 1400 E Washington between 7:45am and 4:30pm to obtain or renew licenses. (Turn onto Dickinson St. off E Washington. It's also 55 N Dickinson St.)

Anti-Worker Legislation

The Destruction of Overtime Protection Bill, Assembly Bill 611, would abolish hard-fought overtime protections and wage rights for workers.  Instead of fairly compensating an employee for overtime hours worked by paying an employee time and a half in wages, employers will be able to instead give an employee comp time and have final say over when comp time is used.  The Assembly Labor Committee held a public hearing on AB611 on February 12. This bill is currently still in the Assembly Labor Committee. Keep the pressure up and tell your legislators you don’t want this bill to advance any further today! 

Like weekends?  The 7-Day Work Week Bill, Assembly Bill 667, has been introduced in the state Senate as Senate Bill 508.Read more... “Anti-Worker Legislation”

The Next Generation: A Handbook for Mentoring Future Union Leaders

The Next Generation aims to help unions and other organizations incorporate
leadership development into their regular scheme of work. The Institute for
Women’s Policy Research has compiled a basic, yet detailed, how-to manual
for setting up and executing an effective mentoring program. Replete with “best
practice” examples from mentoring programs that actually work, this manual can
be used to begin a mentoring program from scratch or shore up one that’s already in
place. Using the manual’s tools for two-way communication and appended forms
for measuring mentoring progress will ensure that efforts to develop new leadership
are sustained, even as individual leaders themselves move on. As the handbook
points out, a mentoring program is really an ongoing internal communications
program.

Berger Marks Mentoring Handbook 2012