IBEW 159 has deep roots in our local community, supports many charities and causes, provides learning opportunities for members, and reaches out to and engages with community partners.
- 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 www.scfl.org
- Scroll down for event flyers
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”
Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 5:30 pm.
Union Meeting, at Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., second floor.
*Labor Temple requests masks for un-vaccinated, and encourages all to wear masks.
*Please invite new members, to get sworn in.
We welcome and want to introduce everyone.
*Show your current yellow union dues receipt at door, for entry. Stay safe. See you Thursday.
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.
Sue Blue, Business Manager IBEW 159
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)Kind-have-courage-and-be
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”
From IBEW International President Stephenson. You can also view the IBEW’s May political newsletter at this link. Monthly political newsletters are archived there (see right side of page, below photo).May-2021-Cover-Letter-for-IBEW-BBB-Newsletter
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 HCWI2021.05.08-IBEW-Stands-With-Nurses-159-represents-copy