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Saturday, Oct. 2: Steward and Activist Training, Milwaukee Area Labor Council

Back by popular demand, The Young Workers Committee of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council Presents:
Winning a Grievance – a Union Activist & Steward Workshop with Joe Sexauer.
Saturday, October 2, 10:00-1:00.
Milwaukee Area Labor Council,
633 S Hawley Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53214

Event info

Free to all union members.
Union activists and stewards will learn the best practices for grievance handling through various scenarios. This class will highlight multiple tools available to unionists for effectively fighting discipline, enforcing contract language, and winning grievances. Attendees will learn the updated tests for Just Cause and the arguments arbitrators rely on when deciding discipline cases. Attendees will receive several practical guides to help prepare them to defend co-workers on the job and strengthen their unions.
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Union Membership Boosts Women’s Earnings and Economic Security

A powerful force for change in the workforce, labor unions bring transparency to pay negotiations, help employees secure overtime wages, and grant them greater protections. In every state, unionized women out earn women in non-union jobs—an essential wage advantage that would increase women’s economic security following the pandemic-induced “she-cession.” This brief, from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, shares insights on the ways unions narrow gender wage gaps and improve economic security for all women.


September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month


There are resources available for anyone in need of support, whether young or old; civilian or veteran. Help is available at  800-273 TALK (8255). If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

People can experience an emotional or mental health crisis due to a wide range of situations. For some, it might be the end of a personal relationship. For others, it might be the loss of a job. For Veterans, these crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service.

Veterans Crisis Line is available for online chat at, by phone at 800-273-8255 (press 1) and/or text 838255.Read more... “September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month”

WE Can Help UW Health Nurses Go UNION. Contact Madison City Council Today!

Support the Nurses organizing at UW Health.
Register in support of Agenda Item # 55 (Resolution 67100):

They need to hear from you before Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 pm!
Or email the Council. Tell them you support a union voice and fair union election for UW Health nurses

See the resolution here.
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City Council alders just introduced a crucial resolution calling for a union voice and fair union election for UW nurses so we can advocate for ourselves, our families, our patients and our community. UW nurses have been on the front lines of this pandemic, risking our lives and our families’ lives to provide quality care.Read more... “WE Can Help UW Health Nurses Go UNION. Contact Madison City Council Today!”