Wiready Workers VoteThe South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) is hosting a gubernatorial debate watch party at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 South Park Street.

Organizers invite members of AFT Local 243 to “Join union brothers and sisters and community members as we watch Mary Burke bring the heat on Scott Walker’s failed promises to Wisconsin workers.” There will be refreshments and plenty of fun.

Prior to the debate, join fellow union members for door-to-door canvassing walks in the local neighborhood: Take action to support Mary Burke by talking with voters about issues that are important to working people.

If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP online.

Save the date: The South Central Federation of Labor’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) will hold its 54th annual Bean Feed dinner from 6 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Madison Labor Temple (1602 S. Park Street). The Bean Feed is the Federation’s annual fundraising activity for its political education program.

For a $5 donation, you’ll get all the hot dogs, baked beans, pasta salad and potato salad you can eat, plus a soda or beer.

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Never been to the Labor Temple and looking for a reason to go? Monday night football not that interesting tonight? Consider joining other Labor activists and supporters from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. tonight (Monday, October 29, 2012) for a variety of get-out-the-vote efforts during AFT’s Workers’ Voice Campaign night at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 South Park Street, Food is provided and afterwards (starting around 8 p.m.) it’s Happy Hour in the Labor Temple bar with live music from Jeff Knight’s band (Jeff is a staffer for MTI).

Steve Noll, a member of the Local 243 Communications Committee, will discuss social media’s role at the national conventions at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2012 on the “WTDY News: Everything at Five” show. A Marketing Instructor at the Truax campus, Noll teaches courses in social media.

You can find WTDY at 1640 AM on your radio dial.

“We have seen a disturbing phenomenon over the past decade regarding the use of Orwellian-type doublespeak in the corporate takeover of America,” writes Brian Austin in a blog post on the South Central Federation of Labor blog. “In particular,” he continues, “the Republican Party has been absolutely masterful in utilizing language in a way that doesn’t merely change the meaning of words, but changes peoples’ perception of the very policies and conditions that affect their daily lives. Doublespeak has been a huge factor in convincing people to vote against their own interests.”

Brian Austin is a City of Madison police detective and member of the SWAT team as well as board member for his union. He is a founding member of “Cops for Labor,” and during the Wisconsin Uprising he worked long shifts on duty around the Capitol and joined the protest as soon as his shift ended. Austin blogs at cops4labor.blogspot.com.

Read the rest of his important essay on why words matter at scfl.org.