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News from IBEW International Office

Just in from IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson:
[Cover letter paraphrased here, all documents attached below. or view full communication online] The… latest monthly newsletter to keep members informed about the new presidential administration… Every day, President Biden recognizes the primacy of American workers, collective bargaining, and the labor movement. Whether he is expressing his support for a historic organizing campaign or appointing union members as key personnel in his administration, never before has a president been so public in their support of the values that the IBEW holds dear.

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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

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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
ALSO
For Dane County Board District 19, the Labor-endorsed candidate is Kristen Morris. (Sun Prairie area)
For voting info, www.MyVote.Wi.gov
To help with phone banks and literature drops, click here.

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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”

Nurses Week 2021

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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”

Nurses Week 2021: Stand With Health Care Workers, Pass the WI Health Care Heroes Act

Our country asks healthcare workers to take on unimaginable risks and make huge sacrifices every single day. But our federal government has failed to lead in this crisis, leaving the response to state governments and our employers. Contact your legislators today and tell them to co-sponsor the Healthcare Heroes Act today! (Contact your Wisconsin State Senator, Assembly Representative and Governor Evers.)   CLICK HERE and please share with others! To learn more, visit SEIU HCWI

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Joint Finance Committee Removes Labor-Friendly Provisions from Evers Budget

From our lobbyist:
This week, the Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 on party lines (all Republicans in favor, all Democrats opposed) to remove all the positive things the Governor put in his budget as it relates to law and policy impacting workers and unions.   

The provisions eliminated include:   

  • Re-establishing Prevailing Wage Law
  • Repealing so-called “Right to Work” law
  • Repealing the prohibition on project labor agreements on public works projects
  • Repealing the prohibition on local employment regulations 
  • Recommendations from the Gov’s Worker Misclassification Taskforce regarding investigation and enforcement.  
  • Increase to UI benefit rate
  • Elimination of one week waiting period (Walker week) 

Unfortunately, none of this is surprising but important for IBEW members to be aware.  Much else was eliminated, as well including Medicaid expansion, legalization of marijuana, and a few hundred other provisions.  … Read more... “Joint Finance Committee Removes Labor-Friendly Provisions from Evers Budget”

IBEW Political Department News

From: Austin W. Keyser, Director-Political & Legislative Affairs Department
(202) 728-6046, Political@IBEW.orgwww.IBEW.org/political

View this video of President Biden addressing a joint session of Congress on April 28, in which he mentions the IBEW in front of 27 million Americans, https://vimeo.com/545124610

 (Please note the IO Political Department is also producing a monthly newsletter that highlights how President Biden’s actions benefit working families and IBEW members.) The point has been made many times in the three-month tenure of this administration, but it bears repeating: We have never had a better friend in the White House than we do at this moment. http://www.ibew.org/Political/bbb