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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.


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”

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News From the International Office

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).

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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”

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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

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