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Richard Diaz (right) of Milwaukee shouts during a protest Tuesday at a Job Creation Forum at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. The protest was led by the Service Employees International Union.
Led by Wisconsin Jobs Now, a coalition of community and labor groups led by the Service Employees International Union, the protesters said providing tax breaks for companies that add jobs – a policy advocated by Walker – will do little to reduce the unemployment rate.
Instead, Walker should ask the Legislature to spend more on job-generating activities such as building roads and renovating housing for low-income people, said Jeremy Mitchell, one of the protesters.
“That’s the best answer,” said Mitchell, who’s unemployed. Mitchell said he worked for a nonprofit group home operator, but his position was eliminated recently because of cuts in state funding for services for mentally ill people.
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We Are Wisconsin’s volunteer effort will reach milestone of 100,000th door knocked since recall canvassing began over the holiday weekend
MADISON – Even as Republicans rammed an extreme, job-killing budget through the legislature in Madison and Gov. Scott Walker signed it into law last week, a grassroots network of thousands of volunteers statewide are pounding the pavement to help restore Wisconsin’s values and take our government back from Walker and his allies in Madison. As recent news reports suggest, the outpouring of grassroots and community energy that is surging in Senate districts all across the state. The volunteers getting involved are local parents, students, carpenters and assembly line workers, many who have never canvassed or engaged in political campaigns before.
And now, in the 6 short weeks since formation of the We Are Wisconsin PAC to engage in the recall elections, volunteers for We Are Wisconsin will reach the historic milestones of knocking on 100,000 doors by the end of the 4th of July holiday weekend. (more…)
Wautoma resident Ann Meyer Schmidt’s first act of democratic activism began in the middle of a snowstorm.
As thick flakes of snow fell around her, Schmidt and about 100 others gathered Feb. 20 outside the Waushara County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner in the small town of Wautoma, several days after Gov. Scott Walker had shocked the state and brought national attention to Wisconsin by introducing his union-busting budget repair bill.
The outstate gathering was an early indicator that people weren’t just riled up in protest-prone Madison. Another sign: By early March, eight Republican senators from across the state were facing recall efforts for siding with Walker, including Schmidt’s senator, Luther Olsen of Ripon.
Law takes effect June 29; public workers’ increased deductions begin in late August:
MADISON — Wisconsin state employees will start paying more for their health care and pension benefits in late August, state officials said Wednesday as a coalition of unions filed a new lawsuit against the GOP-supported plan that strips collective bargaining rights from most public workers.
The announcement came a day after the state Supreme Court ruled that a lower court judge overstepped her authority when she voided the governor’s polarizing plan to prohibit workers from collectively bargaining over anything except base pay increases no greater than inflation. Local police, firefighters and state patrol are exempt.
The law also requires workers to pay 12 percent of their health insurance costs and 5.8 percent of their pension costs, which amount to an 8 percent pay cut on average.