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Vote Tuesday, February 16

Vote! Polls are open Tuesday, from 7:00am – 8:00pm.
Find voting info at  (Find your polling place, update your registration, see your sample ballot, find your elected officials, and more.)
If you have an absentee ballot: witnessed, signed absentee ballots are due by 8:00pm, Tuesday, February 16. Learn more about voting absentee

Voters may register at the polls on election day.
Take your Wisconsin ID, when you go to vote. See acceptable forms of ID
To register, or update your voter registration, take your proof of residence.

By state law, Wisconsin (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 6.76) Workers may take up to three consecutive unpaid hours off work, on election day, to vote.
*Notify employer before election day.* more... “Vote Tuesday, February 16”

Get Ready to Vote November 3!

NOW is a good time to register to vote.
And/or request your absentee ballot.

Yes, we just had the fall primary election, but the November 3 election is coming up fast.
The US Postal Service is experiencing delays, so if you plan to vote by mail, request your absentee ballot NOW, and when you receive it, return it ASAP. Some municipalities may also use secure ballot drop boxes, so keep an eye on your local clerk’s office for information in the coming weeks. The city of Madison just announced it will install 14 secure ballot drop boxes.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has posted some important deadlines and facts, for November 2020 (read on). Read the full article at… Read more... “Get Ready to Vote November 3!”

EVENT: Do the Right Thing Ron! Tuesday, Sept. 14, 5:00 pm

Why are we doing this?  

Please join us as we demand that Ron Johnson #DotheRightThingRon and support lower drug prices for everyone! Specifically we are demanding that Ron Johnson support Medicare negotiations with pharmaceutical corporations.

We are requiring that everyone who attends 1) wear a mask and 2) socially distance as much as possible. See post at Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans

#DotheRightThingRon – Madison
Office of Senator Ron Johnson
5315 Wall St, Madison, WI 53718-7936, United States


Public Health Issues Updated Face Covering Emergency Order

Thursday, September 9, 2021 – 9:44am

Effective Friday, September 10, 2021 at 12:01am, Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing Face Covering Emergency Order #2 PDF . The Order is nearly identical to the current face covering order which requires that everyone age 2 and older wear a face covering or mask when in in any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, could be present.

The new order includes exemptions for actively playing a wind instrument that has a fabric bell cover, or similar cover, that acts as a face covering and while presenting or performing a religious, political, media, educational, artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical presentation as long as other spacing and vaccination requirements are met.… Read more... “Public Health Issues Updated Face Covering Emergency Order”

Course Offerings for 2021-2022

Here are the apprentice night school classes for the coming school year. In the column at right “#APPRS ENROLLED,” see “Available” for the number of seats open to JWs, CWs, CEs, seeking continuing education CEUs.

JWs, and CWs/CEs can register by phoning the IBEW 159 office, 608.255.2989. Stay tuned: this list WILL be updated, with more continuing ed classes for JWs, CWs/CEs, including intro conduit bending, and some shorter classes like box and conduit fill, among others. Keep an eye on this web site (“Class Offerings”) and the newsletter, for updates.


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.