Saturday, June 19, 2010

“Americans Will Remember Who Is Responsible for Lost Jobs and Services”

Friday, June 18, 2010

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to the U.S. Senate’s cloture vote last night on the jobs bill

Washington, DC — “Unless last night’s shortsighted vote is reversed in the coming days, the Senate’s failure to break a Republican filibuster on the jobs bill will put hundreds of thousands of additional Americans out of work. Senators are wrapping a hangman’s noose around state and local governments trying to cope with increasing demand for vital public services during dire economic times. This country’s fragile economy cannot grow if elected officials in Washington refuse to take the action needed to put our country back to work. We intend to make sure that the American people understand what this reckless failure to act will cost in terms of our recovery. Americans will remember who is responsible for lost jobs and services – the Senators who blocked action during an unprecedented fiscal crisis.”


AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations – from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers – AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
1625 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-5687
Telephone (202) 429-1145
Fax (202) 429-1120

Friday, June 18, 2010

Political Buffoonery

As you know by now, gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker has issued a series of press releases beginning last Saturday through today regarding state employees’ salary and benefits. At this rate, by Sunday Scott Walker’s position will be that all state employees should receive similar salary and benefits to those people working at McDonalds and Burger King. The whole mentality of cutting public employees’ salary and benefits to give tax breaks to corporations in Wisconsin is becoming very annoying.

Back when Walker was in the legislature and participating in the Wisconsin Retirement Fund, he didn’t pay a dime for his contributions and probably didn’t care about them. But now, when we have the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Vicki McKenna, Jeff Walker and all the other right wing vermin pimping for him, this becomes a major piece of his campaign.

State employees, and all public employees, need to read, listen and understand exactly what Mr. Walker is saying about our future, our jobs, and the people we serve.

Stay informed, sign-up for the SEPAC Action e-List at the SEPAC website. At the very least, check out the SEPAC webpage, "Walker's World" often. Point your browser to;

Source: AFSCME C24 Weekly Summary 06/18/2010
Authority: Marty Beil, Executive Director

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas Calls for Ethan Allen School to Remain Open

Date: June 18, 2010
Contact: Ellen Nowak – Chief-of-Staff, (262) 548-7902

WAUKESHA, Wis. – In anticipation of a potential recommendation regarding the future of Ethan Allen School, located in the Village of Wales, by the Governor’s Juvenile Corrections Review Committee, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas is calling for Governor Jim Doyle to ensure the facility remain a youth corrections facility.

Due to a Juvenile Corrections’ budget deficit projected at $25 million, Doyle has created a task force to examine ways to respond to this deficit. Currently, the task force is deliberating the possibility of closing Ethan Allen School. This recommendation may be made despite a significant impact the closing would have on the juveniles sent to the facility and the economic and employment implications it would have on Waukesha County.

As of 2009, 73% of youth referred to Ethan Allen and Lincoln Hills, located in Irma, Wisconsin, the other juvenile detention facility in the state, came from 6 counties in central or southeastern Wisconsin – Dane, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Rock and Waukesha Counties. These 6 counties are at least 2.5 hours away from Lincoln Hills. Research has proven that the role of parents and family members in the rehabilitation and re-socialization of incarcerated youth can
play a vital and long-lasting role in the treatment of at-risk youth. If all juveniles are incarcerated at Lincoln Hills, they would be further isolated from their families and family involvement in treatment would be more difficult.

“The priority of the state must be to protect the residents of our communities and provide housing, punishment and rehabilitation to juveniles in the best and most efficient way possible,” Vrakas said. “If Ethan Allan School is closed, we would not be efficiently providing the service that is needed.”

In addition to the impacts closing the school would have on service delivery to juvenile delinquents, closing Ethan Allen School would have a direct impact on the local economy and employment in Waukesha County.

Vrakas said he has been contacted by numerous concerned constituents urging the state keep the school a juvenile facility.

“I share the concerns of my constituents,” he said. “I urge the Committee to keep Ethan Allen School a juvenile corrections facility.”


Daniel P. Vrakas
County Executive
515 W. Moreland Blvd. · Room 320
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188
Phone: (262) 548-7902 · Fax: (262) 896-8510
TDD: (262) 548-7903

FMAP Funding Looking Very Bleak

From: Charles Loveless
Sent: Friday, June 18, 2010 1:59 PM
To: AFSCME Leadership
Cc: Executive Staff Assistants
Subject: Update on State Fiscal Aid
Importance: High

Sisters and Brothers –

Last night the U.S. Senate again failed to break a Republican filibuster of the jobs bill. Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) joined all Republicans in supporting the filibuster.

Senate leadership is huddling this afternoon to determine whether there is a path forward for the bill, which, as you know, includes FMAP, an unemployment insurance extension and aid for doctors who accept Medicare.

SEPAC Note: More information will be forthcoming early next week.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Labor 2010 Is Gearing Up




(More information will be forthcoming regarding July 24th)

The core of the Labor Political Program revolves around unions talking to their union members, educating them about the issues, and mobilizing them to go and vote on election day. And, we all know what it is at stake for working families this November. Can union members and their families continue to make a positive difference in the lives of all Wisconsin workers, or will the anti-union forces of anger and even hatred win on election day, NOVEMBER 2nd?

We need for ALL union members to help kick off the Labor 2010 program all across Wisconsin. You can start by attending any one of the below scheduled Labor 2010 Regional Political meetings:
(Please RSVP your attendance to the listed contact person)

Monday, June 14th, 2010 @ 4:30pm

Green Bay Labor Temple, 1570 Elizabeth St., Green Bay, WI 54302
CONTACT PERSON: Greg Hinds (920) 540-2309 or

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 @ 12:00pm

Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., Madison, WI 54302
CONTACT PERSON: Greg Neil (608) 256-5111 or

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 @ 5:30pm

IAM District 66, 1307 Market St., La Crosse, WI 54601
CONTACT PERSON: Andy Thompson (715) 831-3353 or

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 @ 2:00pm

Milwaukee Labor Council (Yatchak Hall), 633 S. Hawley Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53214
CONTACT PERSON: Jenissee Volpintesta (414) 771-7070 Ext. 12 or

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 @ 5:30pm

UA 434 Union Hall, 2406 Ridge Rd., Eau Claire, WI 54701
CONTACT PERSON: Andy Thompson (715) 831-3353 or

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 @ 4:00pm

Racine CLC, 1840 Sycamore Ave., Racine, WI 53406
CONTACT PERSON: Justin Geiger (414) 745-4177 or

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 @ 7:00pm

Wausau Labor Temple, 318 South 3rd Ave., Wausau, WI 54401
CONTACT PERSON: Scott Wright (715) 298-0033 or

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 @ TBD

Location to be determined
CONTACT PERSON: Chad McKenna (218) 310-8412 or

Authority: Marty Beil, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 24 · AFL-CIO

Scott Hassett Wants to Meet You!

Scott Hassett Reception's
Democratic Candidate for Wisconsin's Attorney's General

You are coordially invited to attend a fundraiser for Scott Hassett, Democratic Candidate for Wisconsin's Attorney's General.
Here are the details:

-- Tuesday, June 15th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
A Reception for Scott Hassett for Attorney General
Hosted by Gary Goyke, Evan Goyke, Penny Sikora and Al Simonis
Hotel Metro, 411 Mason St., Milwaukee, WI

-- Wednesday, June 23rd from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
A Reception for Scott Hassett for Attorney General
Hosted by Rod & Diane Hassett, Dawnene & Chris Hegna, Diana Hess, Lisa O'Brien, Simone Schweber and Nicole & Patrick Tepe
Home of Rod & Diane Hassett, 3550 Bishops Way, Middleton, WI

-- Thursday, June 24th from 5:00pm - 6:30pm
A Reception for Scott Hassett for Attorney General with Special Guest Peg Lautenschlager
Hosted by Lindsey Lee & Beth Rosen
Home of Lindsey Lee & Beth Rosen, 731 Williamson St., Madison, WI

Please RSVP your attendance or direct any questions regarding any of the above events to;
Justin D. Williams, Field Director
Hassett for Attorney General

Authority: Marty Beil, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 24 · AFL-CIO