Friday, November 5, 2010

AFSCME Council 24 Extends Cooperation

Dear Governor Elect Walker:

On behalf of the 23,000 state employees that AFSCME Council 24 represents, we would like to extend our congratulations on your recent election as Governor.

Read the entire letter >>>

Governor-elect Scott Walker Requests Transition Funding

Governor-elect Scott Walker requests $82,723 from taxpayers for his transition team.

Read the full request and itemization to the Joint Committee on Finance >>>

Scott Walker's Transition Team

Governor-elect Scott Walker has named Mike Grebe who currently serves as the CEO of the Bradley Foundation, co-chair of the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development Council, and chairman of the Greater Milwaukee Committee as Chairman of his transition team. John Hiller will serve as the transition director.

The transition team will locate on the 3rd floor of the Risser Justice Center located at 17 W. Main Street, Madison. The transition office is expected to open sometime next week.

Assembly Leadership Developments

We have learned late Friday that Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-54) plans to challenge Rep. Peter Barca (D-64) for the Assembly Minority Leadership position. Rep. Jon Richards (D-19) is also a possible contender with the frustration still brewing over no Milwaukee leadership the last go around.

It is also rumored that Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-22) may very likely take on Rep. Donna Seidel (D-85) for the Assistant Minority leadership position.

There is also the possible battle for the Democratic Caucus Chair between Rep. Chris Danou (D-91), Rep. Andy Jorgensen (D-37), Rep. Kelda Helen Roys (D-81) and Rep. Josh Zepnick (D-9).

On the republican side of the isle, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitgerald has named Sen. Alberta Darling (R-8) as Senate Co-Chair of Joint Finance.

Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald (R-39) is expected to be elected Speaker of the Assembly. We do not hear or see of any opposition to Rep. Fitgerald. The Assembly Majority Leadership position seems to have a possible battle between Rep. Mark Gottlieb (R-60) and Rep. Scott Suder (D-69). Speaker pro tempore will be a battle between Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-41) and Rep. Bill Kramer (R-97). Rep. Dan Knodl (R-24) and 3rd term legislator, Rep. Jim Ott (R-23) will battle each other for the Assistant Majority Leadership position. To round everything out it is rumored that Rep. Scott Gunderson (R-83) will seek the Republican Caucus Chair and Rep. Don Pridemore (R-99) will seek the Republican Caucus Vice-Chair positions.

Here are the scheduled Assembly Caucuses for next week;

Assembly Republicans at 1:00pm on Monday, November 8th
Assembly Democrats at 2:00pm on Tuesday, November 9th

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wisconsin Senate Democrat's Has Chosen Leadership for 2011

* Sen. Mark Miller (Monona-SD16) as Minority Leader;
* Sen. Dave Hansen (Green Bay-SD30) as Asst. Minority Leader;
* Sen. Julie Lassa (Stevens Point-SD24) as caucus chair;
* Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (Alma-SD31) as caucus vice chair. 2010 Election Scorecard 2010 Election Scorecard

Open Message from Executive Director Marty Beil

Despite the hard work and involvement of you and your members in various campaigns, Tuesday’s outcome wasn’t necessarily in favor of working men and women. One can dissect these election results in many ways, but the end fact remains that they have occurred and now the changes and challenges will be at our doorstep.

In spite of these losses, we as leaders and public employees need to hold our heads high in a sense of pride about what we do and our contributions to Wisconsin and its citizens. No politician, no elected official can daunt that pride.

We also need to send a message to our members that even though the election results were not in our favor, we will not cower, hide our heads, or run away from reality. We all must step forward and meet the coming challenges head on, and continue to represent and protect the interests of our members, their families and careers. As an old time union leader once said, in the face of challenge and setbacks, the union and its members “will always live to fight another day”. These challenges will make us stronger and more resolved in our mission. Our members deserve us rising to the challenge and expect us to continue to be there for them.

Politicians come and go, but this union has been here for nearly 80 years, in spite of any politicians’ ideology. Now is the time for us to unify the members, restore confidence and tell this new breed of “tea party” politicians to Bring It On. We’re ready for the fight.

Wisconsin Senate Republican's Has Chosen Leadership for 2011

* Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (Juneau-SD13) as Majority Leader;
* Sen. Glenn Grothman (West Bend-SD20) as Asst. Majority Leader;
* Sen. Mike Ellis (Neenah-SD19) as president;
* Sen. Joe Leibham (Sheboygan-SD09) as president pro tem;
* Sen. Dan Kapanke (La Crosse-SD32) as caucus chair;
* Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (River Falls-SD10) as caucus vice chair.

Statement from Speaker Mike Sheridan Regarding the Elections

For Immediate Release
November 3, 2010
Contact: Casey Slaughter Becker

MADISON – “This is obviously disappointing on many levels. The Assembly Democrats were caught up in a historic national wave, and we have lost the majority.

“People were frustrated and we understand that frustration. The Republicans have secured the majority and now they will have to deliver on their campaign pledges.

“We remain proud of our accomplishments and the foundation we’ve laid over the past two years to keep Wisconsin moving forward during these difficult times.

“The initiatives we passed in the budget paved the way for job retention and creation in the state during our darkest hour. We helped expand access to health care for 98% of people in the state, including all children.

“We shut down tax loopholes that big corporations used to dodge state taxes at the expense of middle class families and small businesses.

“When it came to budgeting, we were adults – we didn’t slash and burn every program left and right. We protected the things that were important to middle class families, like education, health care for children, and public safety.

“And we consistently put middle class families and small businesses ahead of big corporations and the special interests.

“We had fantastic candidates and incumbents that worked very hard. I commend them for their work, and for their public service. “

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Voters Want a Recovery That Works for Everyone"

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on the 2010 mid-term elections

Washington, DC — “Angry voters sent a clear message on Tuesday: Much, much more must be done to put America back to work. But voters rejected right-wing and Tea Party candidates who argued that government should do nothing to improve the economy or protect working families during the worst economic crisis the Great Depression. Voters support efforts to build an economic recovery that works for everyone.

“Voters abandoned most of the U.S. Senate candidates backed by the Tea Party, including Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Joe Miller and Christine O’Donnell. And they thwarted millionaire candidates who sought to catch a Tea Party wave – such as Linda McMahon, John Raese, Carly Fiorina and Dino Rossi.

“But let’s be clear: The loss of the U.S. House of Representatives is a real setback for working families. Washington Republicans have done nothing since the last election to curtail the Bush recession and bring down unemployment. They opposed every effort to address the economic wreckage that resulted from their failed policies in the Bush years. They voted against the Recovery Act that prevented a second Great Depression and a jobs bill that provided emergency funding to the states for public safety, health care and education programs. Now, Republicans must demonstrate that their priority is working families, rather than corporate interests and the very rich. Voters have not embraced the radical plans of Republican leaders in the Congress to cut taxes for millionaires, privatize Social Security and slash Medicare funding.

“It is worth noting that in the past century, Republicans gained the most seats in off-year elections following the passage of remarkable legislative achievements by Democratic Congresses: the GOP gained more than 80 seats in 1938 after the passage of the Social Security Act and more than sixty seats in 1966 after the passage of Medicare and the Civil Rights Act. Over the years, voters recognized the enduring value of these historic bills. We have no doubt that in coming years, the passage of health care and Wall Street reform will be regarded as similar, far-reaching victories for all Americans.

“On the state level, candidates who support the funding of public services won races for governor in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island. We are optimistic about the three gubernatorial races that are now too close to call.

“Voters also produced important victories in state ballot initiatives, including the passage of propositions in California to end the destructive requirement of a two-thirds vote to pass the state’s budget. In Colorado, voters rejected the ‘Bad 3’ ballot initiatives, signaling their support for funding the state’s vital public services.

“Voters in Massachusetts and Washington also voted to reject proposals that would have restricted the ability of government to pay for the services families rely upon during these tough economic times. These votes signify that Tuesday’s elections were not a blanket rejection of government and revenue-enhancing measures at the ballot box.

“AFSCME is proud to stand as a champion of working men and women against an onslaught of money from shady organizations that seek to harm them. We mobilized tens of thousands of volunteers and sent more than 300 staff to key battleground states. Our Councils and affiliates mounted aggressive operations throughout the country. Through phone, mail and person-to-person contact, we reached more than one million of our members to get out the vote.

“Progress is a process. The hard work does not end on Election Day. State governments have cut almost a trillion dollars in spending in the past three years and services have been cut to the bone. We will mobilize to defend the programs that help middle class families as well as the working poor and disadvantaged families. We intend to continue our efforts to support working Americans in the days and months ahead, confident in our cause and committed to doing what is necessary to ensure that all of our nation’s families have the ability to realize the American Dream.”

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, Countyand Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
1625 L Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036-5687
Telephone (202) 429-1145
Fax (202) 429-1120

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Congratulates Walker

For Immediate Release
November 3, 2010
Contacts: Karen Hickey, 414-573-7579

Post-Election Statement from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

Congratulations to Governor-elect Scott Walker and to the new and returning members of the Wisconsin State Legislature. The challenge ahead in governing the state is a substantial one. Labor in Wisconsin is committed to economic policies that preserve the gains of working class families, and our voices must be heard, especially during deliberations on the next biennial budget. American workers have borne the worst of the economic crisis, and the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO is committed to ensuring that middle-class families share in the recovery.


John Hiller to Head Walker's Transition Team

Brief Background on John Hiller:

JM HIller Consulting LLC
(Government Relations industry)
January 2006 — Present (4 years 11 months)
Government affairs and public relations consulting

Board Member
Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.
(Non-Profit; Entertainment industry)
2003 — Present (7 years )

Friends of Scott Walker
(Non-Profit; Government Relations industry)
1993 — Present (17 years )

Hiller Realty, Inc
(Real Estate industry)
January 1991 — Present (19 years 11 months)
Real Estate Development, Brokerage and Management

Region V Chairman
Federal Regulatory Fairness Board
(Government Relations industry)
June 2006 — June 2009 (3 years 1 month)

Senior National Advance Lead
John McCain 2008
(Political Organization industry)
September 2008 — November 2008 (3 months)

Chairman of the Board
Private Industry Council of Milwaukee Workforce Board
(Government Relations industry)
2007 — 2008 (1 year )

John Hiller’s Education
Marquette University
MBA , Executive MBA / International Business , 1998 — 1999
Marquette University
BS , Finance / Political Science

Brief Summary of Election Outcome

Republicans had a clean sweep Tuesday night in Wisconsin, with Scott Walker to become the next Governor and the GOP taking control of both the Assembly and Senate. 2011 will mark the first time since the 1995-96 legislative session that Republicans will control the Assembly, Senate, and the Governor's Office.

Assembly Wins 60-38-1 Advantage

The Republican wave occurred throughout the state. GOP candidates won key Assembly races to regain control of the chamber just two years after the Democrats obtained the majority. Based on last night's results, the Assembly will hold a 60-38-1 advantage in upcoming legislative session. In 2009-10, Democrats held a 51-46-2 advantage.

Senate Republicans have 19-14 Majority

In the Senate, Republicans were victorious in key races, handing the GOP control for the first time since the 2005-06 legislative session. Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker (D-Weston) lost to challenger Pam Galloway (R). Rep. Leah Vukmir (R) defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Jim Sullivan in the 5th Senate District, which encompasses Wauwatosa. Republican Van Wanggaard defeated incumbent Democratic Senator John Lehman in the 21st District, which encompasses Racine. Republican Terry Moulten defeated Democratic incumbent Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls).

In the race for Attorney General, incumbent J.B. Van Hollen (R) won easily, defeating Democratic opponent Scott Hassett (D).

Johnson Defeats Feingold

At the federal level, the news of the night was political newcomer Republican Ron Johnson's victory over longtime U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. The GOP did not retake control of the U.S. Senate. As expected, Republicans made huge gains in the U.S. House of Representatives, handing the GOP control.

In the key Wisconsin Congressional races, Republican Sean Duffy beat State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Representative Dave Obey in the 7th Congressional District. Reid Ribble (R) defeated incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen (D) in the 8th Congressional District.

Post Election Press Conference Call

Media Advisory for November 3, 2010
Contact: Eddie Vale, Josh Goldstein, Amaya Tune: 202-637-5018

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to Hold Post Election Press Conference Call Labor federation to release independent election night survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of the AFL-CIO’s massive grassroots mobilization effort, the 12 million member labor federation will hold a press call with reporters on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will comment on what the election means for working people and detail the role of union families. Guy Molyneux of Hart Research Associates will release election night polling on voters in swing House races as well as on union voters.

The AFL-CIO Labor 2010 grassroots persuasion program worked to reach out to 17 million union voters in 26 states. Two hundred thousand union volunteers distributed over 19.4 million flyers at worksites, made almost 30 million phone calls, knocked on 5.4 million doors and sent out 18.6 million pieces of direct mail.

Who: AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka, Guy Molyneuxwith Hart Research Associates
What: Post-election press conference call
When: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at Noon ET
Where: Via teleconference

To RSVP for the conference call please contact Amaya Tune: or 202-637-5018.


Updated Posting of Wisconsin Political Control

This is how everything appears at this hour:

Governor - Republican Control (Scott Walker)
State Senate - Republican Control (19-14)
State Assembly - Republican Control (60-38-1)

In addition the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation is now:

U.S. Senate - 1 Republican & 1 Democrat
U.S. House of Representatives - 5 Republicans & 3 Democrats

Democrats Retain U.S. Senate

It is predicted that the Democrats will retain the U.S. Senate, but the Republicans will regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Republicans Regain Control of Wisconsin

As of this posting it appears that the Republicans have also regained control of the State Assembly in addition to the State Senate and the Governorship.

This is how everything appears at this hour:

Governor - Republican Control (Scott Walker)
State Senate - Republican Control (19-14)
State Assembly - Republican Control (58-40-1)

AFSCME Member Carol Beals Defeated in 17th Senate District

Carol Beals, President of AFSCME Local 1622 is predicted to lose her bid for the 17th Senate seat over Incumbent Senator Dale Schultz according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

With 96% of the vote tabulated Senator Schultz leads 63% to 37%.

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker Defeated

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is declaring Pam Galloway winner over Senator Russ Decker.

With 98% of the vote tabulated Decker trails 47% - 53%.

Republicans Regain Control of the U.S. House of Representatives

Major news networks have declared that the Republicans will regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Wisconsin delegation will change significantly with Wisconsin being represented by five Republicans and three Democrats.

CD01 - Paul Ryan (R)
CD02 - Tammy Baldwin (D)
CD03 - Ron Kind (D)
CD04 - Gwen Moore (D)
CD05 - F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R)
CD06 - Thomas Petri (R)
CD07 - Sean Duffy (R) [OPEN SEAT]
CD08 - Reid Ribble (D) [Steve Kagen (D) Incumbent]

Congressman Ron Kind Retains 3rd CD Seat

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is predicting Congressman Ron Kind Winner in the 3rd Congressional District.

With 95% of the votes tabulated Congressman Ron Kind leads 50% - 47%.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

State Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass Defeated

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has projected Kurt Schuller the Winner in the race for State Treasurer.

Schuller defeats Incumbent Dawn Marie Sass, an AFSCME member 54% - 46% with 85% of the vote tabulated.

Sean Duffey Predicted Winner in 7th Congressional District

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is predicting Sean Duffey the Winner over Julie Lassa in the 7th Congressional District, which was formally held by Dave Obey. With 76% of the vote tabulated Duffey leads 52% - 44%.

Statement of Governor Doyle on Walker Victory

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Contact: Laura Smith, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162

Governor Doyle Statement on Election of Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s Next Governor

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle today issued the following statement regarding the election of Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s next Governor:

“I congratulate Scott Walker on his election as Wisconsin’s next Governor.

“I know how long and tough these campaigns have become and I admire Scott’s hard work and perseverance. These are qualities that will serve the citizens of Wisconsin well over the next four years.

“I understand that for Wisconsin to continue to move forward we must have a smooth and orderly transition. I have spoken to Governor-elect Walker to let him know that my Administration is prepared to begin this process.”


Republicans Regain Control of Wisconsin Senate

It is being reported by WisPolitics that the Republicans have regained control of the Wisconsin State Senate.

Jim Sullivan (SD-05), Pat Kreitlow (SD-23) have conceded defeat in their races.

John Lehman (SD-21) is trailing badly in his race and Russ Decker (SD-29) is trailing in early returns in his district.

The Dems had control 18-15 and the GOP needed to have only two pickup's to regain control. At this point it appears that the GOP will have control by 19-14.

U.S. Senator Russ Feingold Concedes Defeat

Thank you very much for the years of working extremely hard for Working Families all across our country Senator Feingold.

At this very moment U.S. Senator Russ Feingold is conceding defeat.

Mayor Tom Barrett Concedes

At this very moment Mayor Tom Barrett is conceding defeat to his supporters. It is a sad moment for Wisconsin.

Steve Kagen Defeated in 8th Congressional District

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is predicting Reid Ribble as winner over Incumbent Steve Kagen. With 70% of the vote tabluated, Ribble leads 54% to 46%.

Walker, Johnson and Van Hollen Predicted Winners

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is predicting Scott Walker winner of the Governor's race, Ron Johnson winner of the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race and J.B. Van Hollen as Wisconsin Attorney General with 49% of the vote calculated.

Ron Johnson Predicted Winner for U.S. Senate Race

NBC is predicting that Ron Johnson will defeat Russ Feingold for the U.S. Senate race.

J.B. Van Hollen Predicted AG Winner

As of 9:40pm the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2010 Election coverage is predicting J.B. Van Hollen winner in the Attorney General race with 30% of the vote calculated.

ABC News Predicting Scott Walker Winner

With 29% of the vote counted, ABC News is predicting at 9:40pm that Scott Walker will win the Wisconsin Governors race.

Thank You Message from Senator Jon Erpenbach

Just want to take a second to thank everyone who spent some time with us over the past few months knocking on doors, putting together sings, helping to raise money and everything else it takes to run a campaign. We could not have done it without you! Now, all we have to do is get out and vote!! Hope to see you at the Village Green in Middleton tonight. Thanks again!!


Labor Unions Fear Rollback of Rights if G.O.P. Wins

Are You Going To Help Fight Back Anti-Labor Candidates?

Organized labor is deeply worried about what happens after Tuesday. ……“We fear that the Republicans are on the march, and that’s why we’re doing everything we can to stop them,” said Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which is spending $91 million in the two-year campaign cycle. Mr. McEntee praised the $26 billion jobs bill. “That saved literally thousands of public-sector jobs,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll see something like that passed under John Boehner,” the Ohio Republican who is expected to become House Speaker if the Republicans win control.


Join Scott Hassett at His Election Night Party

Please join me tonight at our election night party were we will watch the numbers come in throughout the night.

Hassett for Attorney General Election Night Party
Marriott Madison West
1313 John Q Hammons Drive
Middleton, WI

Today Is Election Day!

Have Not Yet Voted?

Find your polling place here, think about when you'll vote and how you'll get there, and bring along three friends to vote with you:

Scott Walker Has Stopped Campaigning, Is Now Planning His Transition Team

Send Scott Walker a Clear Message at the Polls TODAY!

"We're going to start working on the state budget right away," Walker told reporters after a rally at a Sun Prairie farm late yesterday. "I'm going to start the next day or two after the election talking about a transition and the people we're going to put in place for that and start putting together our jobs package for the first days we come back into office."

Walker said he would start talking with legislative leaders after caucuses conclude their leadership meetings next week about a special session on job creation. Walker said his aim is to declare an economic emergency right after taking office and have legislators take up measures that would lower the tax burden on businesses with 50 or fewer employees, regulatory reforms, and repealing the state tax on health savings accounts.

Walker said he'll pay for the tax changes by appointing a commission to identify waste, fraud and abuse in state government.

Walker said he's given thought to who he'd appoint to cabinet positions and his transition team, but he doesn't want to talk about names before the election. He said he's found interest in and outside of government in serving in his administration.

He said he'll announce his transition team Wednesday or Thursday.

"Being a chief executive officer right now with a cabinet I understand how important that is, that's something I don't take lightly," he said. "So I've already thought about not one name or another per position but probably 10 to 12 names per position."


Trish O'Neil Campaign Election Night Party

11/2/2010 8 p.m.
Comfort Inn, 5025 County Road V, DeForest.

COLUMBUS – Trish O’Neil, candidate for the 47th Assembly District, will hold an Election Night Party for supporters on Tuesday, November 2nd at 8:00 p.m. at Comfort Inn, 5025 Cty Rd V, DeForest.

Contact: Trish O’Neil920-623-4410

Join Sandy Pasch for an Election Night Party

Victory Party at North Star Bistro
When: Tue, November 2, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Where: North Star Bistro (map)
Description: Please join Representative Sandy Pasch for an election night victory party as we watch the results come in. North Star Bistro is on N. Oakland in Shorewood.

Join Tom Barrett for an Election Night Party

Election Night Party Nov 2, 2010 8:00 pm Tuesday

American Serb Hall
5101 Oklahoma Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53219

Join Tom Barrett at American Serb Hall after the polls close on Election Day to celebrate and watch the returns.

Monday, November 1, 2010

State Senator Jim Sullivan Victory Party

T.G.I Friday's at Miller Park
The party starts at 8:30 p.m.

Take I-94 to the Mitchell Blvd. exit, and follow the frontage road to the left field entrance. If entering off Bluemound, follow Brewers Way and Selig Drive.

Russ Feingold's Election Night Victory Party

Starting @ 7:00pm
Madison Marriott West
1313 John Q. Hammons Drive
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Scott Walker's Campaign Interferes with Negotiations

Scott Walker's Campaign believes that they have won the election so much that they have officially reached out to our Union, the Wisconsin State Employees Union, the largest union representing state employees and has stated that our members should not settle with the current administration, but rather wait and settle with the "Walker Administration".

Read for yourself...

From: Marty Beil
Sent: Saturday, October 30, 2010 7:33 PM
To: AFSCME Leadership and Members

This report from Steve Kuehn is completely accurate. A representative of Scott Walker contacted me personally and conveyed the message that we should stop bargaining if we anticipated a working relationship with him as Governor. I advised him in the most unequivocal response that we would do what’s best for our members and would pursue bargaining. Please distribute this to your members so that they can be informed. REMEMBER VOTE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 2ND AS IF YOUR JOB DEPENDED ON IT.
From: Stephan Kuehn []
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 7:59 PM

It was reported to us today at the C24 Executive Board Meeting that some of the teams still have non economic issues to complete prior to beginning the talks regarding economics. The monies rumored in the Compensation Reserve would be the equivalent of less than one quarter of one percent for all state employees. On another note. The Scott Walker campaign contacted C24 last Friday and stated that if we want a working relationship with the next Governor we should immediately walk away from the current bargaining table and wait until after Mr. Walker is elected to negotiate the current contract. They were told no deal. If this isn't proof to all state employees that Mr. Walker is already attempting to cut into our current wages and benefits package nothing else will change your mind. The campaign has inferred that he has already won the Governors seat. Please send this to all of your members/contacts and tell them to send it on to all of their contacts. We need everyone to get out and vote. Period. There isn't much time left so please get this out to everyone. I don't have everyones email addresses on my home computer, so fwd, fwd, fwd.

Stephan Kuehn
C24 Executive Board Member

Note: This is my interpretation of what was stated at the monthly C24 Executive Board Meeting. I in no way am providing this as an official statement on behalf of Council 24.


SEPAC NOTE: The future of Wisconsin and more specifically, the services that each and every AFSCME member provide to the citizens and visitors of Wisconsin on any given day are at great risk, GET OUT & VOTE on Tuesday, November 2nd! If you have already voted then please find someone who has not voted and get them to the polls, Thank you!

What's at Stake Tuesday

From: Gregory King []
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 4:36 PM
Subject: AFSCME President McEntee: What's At Stake Tuesday

President McEntee’s commentary is online now at Huffington Post and Firedoglake:

What’s at Stake Tuesday
By Gerald W. McEntee

The conventional wisdom in Washington right now is that the Republicans are about to take back the House, and possibly the Senate. That would be awful news for every American who believes that government should protect the interests of American working families rather than international corporate interests. And it is certainly a nightmare for the young people, minorities, union members and progressives who made history two years ago by electing Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Nobel Prize winner and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman notes today that Republican control could have dangerous long-term consequences. "In fact," he writes, "future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political chaos and economic weakness."Anyone who remembers the eight years of George W. Bush should know that now is not the time to play six-bullet Russian roulette with the future. Every vote for the GOP only makes it more likely that they will continue to stand in the way of the kind of reforms Americans support, such as real penalties on corporations that outsource American jobs. Unfortunately, too few voters - particularly independent voters - have gotten that message. We need to be sure over these last few days that we let them know what is really on the ballot Tuesday.

When talking with AFSCME members across the country, I have focused on four issues that I believe have helped to energize them to get active this campaign season: Jobs, Social Security, Retirement and Medicare. How we respond to the challenges posed by these issues will be determined on November 2nd. Here's why:

American jobs are on the ballot. If Republicans gain power in either the House or the Senate, they will have a much stronger hand in their efforts to give corporations the power to lay off American workers and send our jobs to foreign countries. This has been a GOP priority for years, yet too few independents are aware of it. Remind them that just this August, all but two Republicans in the House voted against reforms to eliminate tax loopholes for companies that outsource American jobs. Just two. Now they want to take control of the entire House.

Social Security is on the ballot. The same politicians who have spent a generation bad-mouthing Social Security now say they want to improve it by privatizing it and giving Wall Street the ability to manage the nation's retirement security. Republicans from coast-to-coast have made it clear that they have big plans to overhaul Social Security in the coming congressional session. Their candidates for the U.S. Senate in Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and other states have called for the eventual elimination of Social Security, the greatest program of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Nevada's Sharon Angle says Social Security - along with Medicare and Aid to Families with Depended Children - is part of America's "wicked ways." She and her fellow Republicans would place our retirement security at risk in the stock market.

Contrary to what the Republican privateers want people to believe, Social Security is healthy. It did not cause the deficit. It has a $2.6 trillion surplus. But Republicans want to take it and hand it away to their backers on Wall Street. We cannot let them do this.

Retirement is on the ballot. John Boehner, Wall Street's favorite member of the House, has already announced his plans to push the retirement age up to 70. As many know, or should, Boehner would be named Speaker of the House if the Republicans win. He spends many hours each week playing golf with his buddies - the Washington corporate lobbyists. They finance his campaigns and give him checks to distribute to other Republicans on the floor of the House of Representatives. He has no problem asking bricklayers, firefighters, road crews and nurses to keep working until they are 70 to qualify for their full Social Security benefits. And he has no problem allowing corporate lobbyists to write the legislation he'll push through the House as speaker.

Medicare is on the ballot. Rep. Paul Ryan, who will head up the Budget Committee if the Republicans win Tuesday, has already announced his plan to end Medicare as we know it. He would turn it into a voucher program. Republicans would wreck a program that has successfully provided health security for millions of Americans - for more than forty years - solely to give insurance companies more opportunities to make a buck.

Indeed, they would make unconscionable cuts in other programs that millions of Americans rely on, including veterans' benefits, children's health programs, cancer research and food safety. They plan to turn back the clock on environmental protection, women's rights and the cause of equality for LGBT Americans. Their views are far from mainstream, yet if they gain control of Congress, they could cause untold damage to the lives of countless millions in our country. They have outlined some of their plans in the so-called Pledge to America, which they released to great fan-fare a few weeks ago. Today, few GOP candidates are discussing what's in the Pledge to America, because they know voters would reject the radical cuts in important programs that the Pledge seeks to hide.

Paul Krugman sees danger ahead with Republican policies: "If they get their way, we'll get the worst of both worlds: They'll refuse to do anything to boost the economy now, claiming to be worried about the deficit, while simultaneously increasing long-run deficits with irresponsible tax cuts -- cuts they have already announced won't have to be offset with spending cuts."

Tuesday's elections can save us from the bleak future that awaits working families if the GOP takes control. It is a day when working Americans can stand up to the corporate special interest who control Wall Street and too much of Capitol Hill and elect champions of the middle class to Congress. It's not too late. Call your friends and neighbors and let them know what's at stake on Tuesday, November 2nd.

AFSCME Members, Please Take the Call

A serious request from your Union; We know that you have had your telephone line and mailbox bombarded this election year, but we are asking for your patience and assistance with one more phone call that you may receive from AFSCME on Monday, November 1st, please read on...


From: President McEntee &. Sec-Treas Saunders []
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 3:09 PM
To: AFSCME Leadership
Subject: Election Survey

Beginning this Monday, November 1st, the national union will be conducting telephone surveys of members and retirees across the country.

The survey will allow us to measure the attitudes of our members and identify issues that were a determining factor in their vote for Governor, U.S. Senate and the U.S. House.

If you have any questions, you may contact Brian Weeks in Political Action at 202-429-1023 (

Good luck with your elections on November 2nd.