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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,

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,

 (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.

Vote Tuesday, February 16

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Spring Election 2021 is April 6

Save the Date — Spring Elections 2021

Spring Primary: February 16, 2021

Spring Election: April 6, 2021 

State offices to be elected are State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Court of Appeals Judge, Districts I, II and III, and Circuit Court Judge.

A special partisan primary and special partisan election for Representative to the Assembly – District 89 (NE Wisconsin, John Nygren’s seat), and State Senator – District 13 (SC Wisconsin, Scott Fitzgerald’s seat), will be held in conjunction with the February 16, 2021 primary, and the April 6, 2021 election. 

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