Saturday, February 6, 2010

Updated SEPAC Alert Regarding "Truth In Contracting" (SB447)

From: Ken Weaver []
Sent: Saturday, February 06, 2010 6:09 AM
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Subject: Fw: Updated SEPAC Alert Regarding "Truth In Contracting" (SB447)

To all,

Please click on the "title of this post" above. This will take you to the current SEPAC alert. Once you are at the alert then use the pre-written letter and feel free to edit the suggested letter and then "click" on send and you have done what we all need for AFSCME members to do, write their state senator.

We need ALL to contact their Senator's and ask for their support of SB 447 " Truth in Contracting " bill.

DOT leadership is out of control and wants to move most DOT functions to the costly private sector. It appears it is being done in order to feather their nest as they are rumored to be leaving state service to reap the benefits of moving work to their selected consultant firms.

If we don't stop the the betrayal of Wisconsin's taxpayers in the DOT now, the outsourcing "cancer" will spread into other agencies.

We must ALL work together to stop the the Kevin's,Paul's and Frank's within the DOT now. The job we save maybe yours.

Ken Weaver
WSEU Local 758

Friday, February 5, 2010

Joint Finance with Passive Review for DOC

The Department of Corrections (DOC) request for eight permanent PR-S positions to provide program management, contract administration and evaluation of reentry services.

As provided in s.16.515 the request(s) will be approved on February 26th unless we are notified prior to that time that the Joint Committee on Finance wishes to meet in formal session about this request.

Please contact Vicky LaBelle at (608) 266-1072 in the Division of Executive Business and Budget if you have any additional questions.

Deadline for committee members to file objections or seek a committee meeting is Thursday, February 25, 2010.

Attention Milwaukee Area Members

Mark your calendars with the below two event dates as recommended by the Milwaukee Area Labor Council:

This note is a heads up for two upcoming events sponsored by the Milwaukee Area Labor Council.

The first event is the African American Leadership Summit on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at the Laborer's Hall, 6310 W Appleton Ave. Further details are forthcoming. This will be a daytime event.

The second date to remember is Saturday, June 5th, 2010. That Saturday, the Milwaukee Area Labor Council will hold an Annual Fund Raising Dinner. It will take place in the evening at the Milwaukee Hilton, 509 W Wisconsin Ave. AFL-CIO President Richard L.Trumka has been invited to be the keynote speaker. Further details will be announced in the near future.

Please save these important dates on your calendar.

2010 AFSCME Wisconsin Lobby Day

REMINDER: Save the date – this year’s statewide AFSCME Lobby Day has been set for Wednesday, March 3rd. More information is available at the AFSCME Council 11 website at; Further info will also follow by mail.

Detachable post cards have been mailed to all Wisconsin AFSCME members. If you have not done so, please complete the card, detach and place in the mail if you plan to attend. Your response will greatly aid in the logistics of setting up this lobby day.

AB644, Presumption Bill for Infectious Diseases was Reported Out of Committee

AB 644, the presumption bill for infectious diseases, was reported out of its Assembly Committee and now moves to the full Assembly for action. The Senate Labor Committee will take up its companion bill, SB 429, in hearing on 2/9.

What all this means is that eligible employees in protective occupations should contact their State Assembly and Senate representatives to urge quick passage of these bills. On a more negative note, AB 634, giving us the right to bargain for protective status for employees in Correctional or other secure facilities has gotten hung up in Committee. It is being stalled not just by Republicans, but because the Wisconsin Counties Association has put a full court press on Democrats, who are starting to jump off the bill as a result. Over the years, there has been a lot of interest in this issue on the part of correctional food service workers, administrative support and social services workers in correctional facilities. Now is the time for these workers to make their issues known to legislators.

If we cannot even pass a simple bill allowing us to bargain, we will never be successful in enumerating specific classes in the protective occupational status retirement system.

Update on SB 429/ AB 644: Worker’s Compensation Presumption for Infectious Diseases

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Senate Labor Committee is slated to take up SB 429, the Senate version of the worker’s compensation presumption bill. The Assembly companion, AB 644, got a unanimous vote from the Assembly Labor Committee on January 27. We have asked Assembly leaders to take quick action on AB 644.

Senate Labor Committee to Hear Testimony on Retiree Dues Deduction Bill

A bill that would allow retirees to choose to have union dues deducted automatically from their pension checks has been scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 9 in the Capitol. The Senate Labor Committee, chaired by AFSCME member Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee), will hear testimony on SB 390, authored by Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay). Sen. Hansen and AFSCME representatives have been working for months to fine-tune the dues deduction legislation. In the spring of 2009, a variation of SB 390 was inserted in the budget, but was removed later in the budget deliberation process.

Important Update on the Protective Status Bargaining Bill – AB 634

For two decades, AFSCME has worked to get lawmakers to grant protective occupation participant status for county jailers. This session, we worked with other unions to prepare a bill that would make protective status a mandatory subject of bargaining, for county jailers and those state employees who work in secure institutions.

Unfortunately, AB 634 is stuck in the Assembly Corrections Committee, without sufficient “yes” votes to get a positive report from the committee. If you have not yet called, emailed or talked to your own state Representative and your own state Senator to ask them to support the bill, the time to do so is now. We need to find out how all members of the Assembly intend to vote on AB 634. We are working on a plan to get it out of committee. In the meantime, we need you to contact your legislator. The message is: Please support AB 634, and tell me how you intend to vote on the bill, if and when it comes to the full Assembly (or Senate). Be sure to include your home address, and please refrain from emailing legislators other than your own area legislators.