On their way to punch in on Thursday, workers at Miller Brewing Co.’s Milwaukee plant were met by fellow union members, handing out leaflets and talking to them about why Mary Burke is the best candidate for governor for working families. One of those union members at the plant gate was AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
On Election Day, some 300,000 registered voters in Wisconsin could have their voices silenced. And that’s exactly what Gov. Scott Walker (R), the Republican-majority state legislature and their corporate and extremist backers had in mind when they passed the restrictive voter photo ID law in 2011.
In Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s latest ad, he is seen standing in a big hole. What some people might not realize is the unsafe example Walker is setting for workers in this field. Jeff Kaminski, president of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2006, representing workers at investor-owned utilities in the state, made an official complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and called for the commercial to be pulled from the air. Says Kaminski:
In case you missed it, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) recently compared himself to Franklin Delano Roosevelt (?!) and left the door open to expanding Act 10 [a law that limits most collective bargaining powers for most public employees] for police and firefighters. While Gov. Walker gears up for his spotlight at the National Governors Association, Wisconsin workers are still feeling the lasting impacts of a struggling economy.
Fast food workers in Milwaukee, Wis., became the latest to join a nation-wide movement for a living wage by walking off the job on Wednesday and calling for both an increase in wages and the recognition of their right to form a union free from employer harassment or retaliation. Hundreds of workers joined the walkout, leaving restaurants like McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Old Country Buffet and Popeye's. A rally is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.
Across the country, low-wage workers at McDonald's, KFC, Jimmy John’s and other service-sector jobs are joining together to improve wages and working conditions for the entire industry. This growing movement is one of the largest grassroots workplace mobilizations in recent history. Recently, workers in New York City, Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit went on strike, demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union free from employer harassment and retaliation.
The South Central Federation of Labor in Wisconsin collected $445 in gas cards and bus cards to donate to the Community Action Coalition, which provides case management for families struggling to become self-sufficient.