IBEW Local 159 is actively engaged in the political scene within our jurisdiction, as well as statewide. Locally, we make our voice heard at public meetings for projects like Judge Doyle Square in downtown Madison, and the Enbridge Pipeline pump station in Waterloo. We also weigh in on policies and issues of statewide significance, such as electrical licensing and Right To Work legislation.
We advocate for labor-friendly measures whenever possible. Using tools like Community Workforce Agreements and Project Labor Agreements helps boost the number of local residents hired for jobs in their own communities. The workers’ earnings are in turn spent locally, and benefit the community.
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Make sure you’re registered to vote by checking out your status on www.myvote.wi.gov and visit www.bringit.wi.gov to make sure you also have the right ID to vote, as the new Voter ID Law is in effect.
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.
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, www.MyVote.Wi.gov
To help with phone banks and literature drops, click here.
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”