NominationsAll elected offices of AFT-Wisconsin’s Executive Board are open for nomination at the 2015 AFT-Wisconsin Convention, which will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Madison on October 23-25, 2015. The offices are President; Executive Vice President; Secretary; Treasurer; four At-Large Vice Presidents; and one Vice President for each council (PK-12, WTCS, Higher Education, State Employees, PSRP, Graduate Employees, and Retirees).

Nomination forms and information about the specific rules for nominating candidates in accordance with the Constitution of AFT-Wisconsin are available on the AFT Wisconsin website.

Wisconsin Capitol in winterA message from Kim Kohlhaas, President, AFT-Wisconsin:

Dear AFT-Wisconsin members,

When Scott Walker “dropped the bomb” on us in 2011, our sisters and brothers in the private sector were on the front lines with us from the start. Members from the building trades marched alongside schoolteachers, steelworkers stood shoulder to shoulder with state employees, and communications workers stood with university workers. Even though Walker thought he could divide and conquer us by pitting the public sector against the private sector, we showed him the basic truth of our movement: an injury to one is an injury to all. Now, it’s our turn to stand with our union brothers and sisters in the private sector as they face Walker’s latest attack on Wisconsin’s working families: fast-tracked so-called “right to work” legislation meant to drive down wages for working Wisconsinites and increase profits for Walker’s wealthy donors.

We all know that so-called “right to work” is a lie—everyone already has the right to work where they choose and the right to join a union if they wish to. What this is really about is making it harder for workers to organize themselves and level the playing field with their bosses. Republican leaders are nervous about keeping enough votes in the legislature to pass this bill, which is why it’s being fast-tracked. This means our window for action is open right now: sign the Wisconsin AFL-CIO petition opposing right to work, call your legislator at 1-800-362-9472, and spread the word among your friends and family – please share this action link from the Wisconsin AFL-CIO through Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. If you’re near Madison or Milwaukee, there are phone banks happening every day between Saturday and Wednesday: see below for details and contact information. And on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 and Wednesday, February 25, 2015 we will be rallying at noon in Madison at the Capitol alongside our sisters and brothers in the private sector to stand up for union rights.

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New AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas

Dear AFT-Wisconsin members:

I’m writing with information about proposed legislation from Wisconsin State Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) that, if passed, would require dozens of Wisconsin public schools to close or be turned over to privately run charter management organizations under the guise of “accountability.” It’s hard to overstate how destructive this legislation would be to our public school system.

Milwaukee Teacher’s Education Associate (MTEA) President Bob Peterson has written a blog post — “Wisconsin Republicans Attack Democracy and Children” — detailing some of the most outrageous provisions in this legislation, and I urge you to read it.

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New AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas

Want to find out more about the potential merger of WEAC and the American Federation of Teachers – Wisconsin?

WEAC President Betsy Kippers and AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas will be participating in a Tele-Town Hall Forum next Thursday, January 23, 2014 to provide background and take your questions. They will be calling the homes of WEAC and AFT-W members at 7 p.m. on that date for an hour-long conversation.

All you have to do is answer your phone and follow directions to listen and ask questions if you like. If you are a WEAC or AFT-Wisconsin member and don’t receive a call from us at 7 p.m. on January 23, 2014, you can call us at that time at 877-229-8493, ID code 13603, and follow directions.

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New AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas

Dear fellow AFT-Wisconsin members,

I’m writing to share a revealing article from Monday’s New York Times [January 13, 2014] highlighting the different paths that Wisconsin and Minnesota have taken in the last few years. Kim and Kyle Smith are fellow members of my own local union, the Superior Federation of Teachers (AFT local 202).

Public servants like Kim and Kyle have faced demoralizing pay cuts, benefit reductions, and attacks on their unions. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the state has furthered an equitable tax system that asks their wealthiest citizens to pay their fair share towards state services and public education.

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A look at the organization of AFT-Wisconsin

December 3, 2013

Ever wonder about the relationship between Local 243 and AFT-Wisconsin? Here is some background information about AFT-Wisconsin. AFT-Wisconsin is a labor organization representing 17,000 public employees in the state of Wisconsin. Formerly called the Wisconsin Federation of Teachers (WFT), AFT-Wisconsin is a Wisconsin chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. Started primarily as a teachers’ […]

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