Wisconsin

Fox 6: Governor Scott Walker calls special jobs session; Public union workers afraid this could cause more anti-union legislation

Henry Rosoff,  FOX6 Reporter
WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE—

Governor Scott Walker is calling for a special session on September 29th. He wants lawmakers to focus on jobs like a laser, but union workers are worried the laser will be focused on them. The last time there was a special jobs session in Madison history was made, and while there’s not yet an indication of anything like the budget battle brewing battle lines are being drawn.

A few dozens janitors rally for jobs in downtown Milwaukee. They’re frustrated a building at Wells St. and Water St. that uses non-union-labor. One janitor told me, “They’re getting less pay than we get paid, and they doing the same work we doing.”

The janitors are afraid the next jobs in Wisconsin will mean more anti-union action in Madison. In announcing the session Republican Governor Scott Walker says the agenda will be about jobs not politics. He says, “We went out and found pieces of legislation from both political parties authors from both political parties who say it’s not about a Republican job or a Democratic job it’s Wisconsin jobs.”Republican legislators are lining up behind the Governor. Republican State Representative Paul Farrow says, “I think there’s some excitement about getting back to a bi-partisan atmosphere, and getting the right step back for Wisconsin.”

Republican State Senator Alberta Darling says, “It’s not going to be an overnight fix. It’s not going to be an easy fix, but it gives us a chance with some of the items out there for growth in Wisconsin.”

Democratic Peter Barca says, “It seems to take a lot of nerve to promote this special interest agendas, and ignore what everyone is telling us to do.”

The special session will begin at 11:00 a.m. on September 29th.

SOURCE: http://www.fox6now.com/news/politics/witi-20110928-special-session,0,936151.story

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Milwaukee Wisconsin Joural Sentinel: Walker may call special jobs session

Photo by: Mike  De Sisti

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.

Excerpt:

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.

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE: http://www.jsonline.com/business/130676538.html

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NBC 58 News: [Milwaukee] Protestors support President’s plan for job creation

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Wisconsin Summer 2011 Newsletter

Read about Local 1’s work in Wisconsin this summer and get informed about current issues!

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FDNY Joins We Are Wisconsin

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We Are Wisconsin: 100,000 Volunteer Doors Knocked… and Counting

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…)

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The Capital Times: Outstate outrage – Grass-roots energy beyond Madison fuels recall efforts

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.

READ MORE: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/capitol-report/article_22927d8e-a1c5-11e0-9cd2-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1RL3qwaFo

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AP/Green Bay Press Gazette: Wisconsin collective bargaining law faces federal lawsuit from unions

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