Confronted By Furloughed EPA Worker, Ryan Edits Out His Responsibility For The Sequester

Confronted By Furloughed EPA Worker, Ryan Edits Out His Responsibility For The Sequester

By Rebecca Leber on May 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

RACINE, WI — At a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was confronted by one of the more than 1 million federal workers affected by across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.

David Novak, who works for the Environmental Protection Agency in Wisconsin, confronted Ryan over the impact the sequester is having: For Novak and hundreds of thousands of federal employees, it’s meant shorter hours and less pay. “I’ve already lost $6,000 in pay. I’ve got another 47 hours to lose,” he said. “You’re taking away our pay.”

Ryan’s response to Novak reinvented his long standing position on budget cuts. Not only did Ryan disavow any responsibility for helping create the sequester, he also omitted how his budget plan similarly shrinks the EPA: Continue reading “Confronted By Furloughed EPA Worker, Ryan Edits Out His Responsibility For The Sequester”

Wisconsin AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates for November 2012 Elections

July 24, 2012
Contact:  Karen Hickey, 414-573-7579

Wisconsin AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates for November 2012 Elections

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, comprised of 1,000 affiliated local unions and 250,000 workers, has voted to endorse the following candidates for the November 2012 elections.  These candidates were selected for their commitment to working people and the communities they live in.

U.S. Senate

Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Congress

1st – Rob Zerban
2nd – Mark Pocan
4th – Gwen Moore
7th – Pat Kreitlow
8th – Jamie Wall

Wisconsin Senate

4th – Lena Taylor
6th – Nikiya Harris
10th – Daniel Olson
12th – Lisa Theo
14th – Margarete Worthington
16th – Mark Miller
18th – Jessica King
20th – Tanya Lohr
22nd – Bob Wirch
24th – Julie Lassa
26th – Fred Risser
30th – Dave Hansen
32nd – Jennifer Shilling

Wisconsin Assembly

1st – Pat Veeser
2nd – Larry Pruess
3rd – Kole Oswald
4th – Mike Malcheski

6th – John Powers
7th – Daniel Riemer
8th – JoCasta Zamarripa
9th – Josh Zepnick
10th – Sandy Pasch
11th – Mandela Barnes
12th – Fred Kessler
13th – John Pokrandt
14th – Chris Rockwood
16th – Leon Young
17th – Dual Endorsement: Fred Royal & LaTonya Johnson
18th – Dual Endorsement: Evan Goyke & Lashawndra Vernon
19th – Jon Richards
20th – Christine Sinicki
21st – William Kurtz
23rd – Cris Rogers
26th – Mike Helmke
27th – Steven Bauer
28th – Adam Bever
29th – Jim Swanson
30th – Diane Odeen
31st – Ryan Schroeder
32nd – Kim Peterson
35th – Kevin Koth
36th – Dorothy Kegley
38th – Scott Michalak
39th – Jim Grigg
40th – Kevin Kuehl
41st – Melissa Sorenson
42nd – Paula Cooper
43rd – Andy Jorgensen
45th – Janis Ringhand
46th – Gary Hebl
47th – Robb Kahl
48th – Melissa Sargent
49th – Carol Beals
51st – Maureen May-Grimm
52nd – Paul Czisny
53rd – Ryan Fletjer
54th – Gordon Hintz
57th – Penny Bernard Schaber
61st – John Steinbrink
62nd – Randy Bryce
63rd – Kelley Albrecht
64th – Peter Barca
65th – Tod Ohnstad
66th – Cory Mason
67th – Deb Bieging
68th – Judy Smriga
69th – Paul Knoff
70th – Amy Sue Vruwink
72nd – Justin Pluess
73rd – Nick Milroy
74th – Janet Bewley
75th – Stephen Smith
76th – Chris Taylor
77th – Terese Berceau
78th – Brett Hulsey
79th – Diane Hesselbein
81st – Fred Clark
82nd – Kathleen Wied-Vincent
83rd – James Brownlow
86th – Dennis Halkoski
87th – Elizabeth Riley
88th – Ward Bacon
89th – Joe Reinhard
90th – Eric Genrich
91st – Dana Wachs
92nd – Chris Danou
93rd – Jeff Smith
94th – Steve Doyle
95th – Jill Billings
96th – Tom Johnson
97th – Marga Krumins

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO represents and fights for labor and working people, provides core services to local unions and members, and pushes for policies that help and support working families across Wisconsin.  The State AFL-CIO coordinates advocacy with its 1,000 affiliated unions which represent 250,000 members in the state.


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The Romney conundrum: Winning independents but losing overall

By Christian Heinze – 09/19/12 12:00 AM ET

There are two competing factors at work for Mitt Romney among independents.

One is that he’s winning their vote, but the other is that they’re less enthused about voting, and that malaise is damaging Romney’s overall performance in polls.

Romney edges out President Obama among independents by 1.2 percentage points in Talking Points Memo’s aggregation of national polls, even though the president leads the GOP nominee, overall, by 3.9. That’s because independents tend to be less enthusiastic about voting than supporters of either party, and so they’re having a smaller effect on overall preference.

The phenomenon of Romney winning independents but losing overall is one that’s persisted since early in the cycle. When the general election effectively began in April, Romney led among independents in 12 of the first 14 surveys, even though he trailed in most of those polls among all voters.

That phenomenon continues to play out, even after both parties have completed their conventions. Since September began, Romney has led among independents in five major national polls, while Obama has led in just two. Continue reading “The Romney conundrum: Winning independents but losing overall”

Thousands of striking Chicago teachers rally in labor show of force, despite tentative deal

Thousands of striking Chicago teachers rally in labor show of force, despite tentative deal

 (Sitthixay Ditthavong/ Associated Press ) – Teachers from Wisconsin and Minnesota join striking Chicago teachers during a rally Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Chicago. Union president Karen Lewis reminded the crowd that although there is a “framework” for an end to their strike, they still are on strike.

By Associated Press, Published: September 14 | Updated: Saturday, September 15, 4:36 PM

CHICAGO — Thousands of striking Chicago public school teachers and their allies packed a city park Saturday in a boisterous show of force as union leaders and the district tried to work out the details of an agreement that could end a week-long walkout.

Pushing strollers, toting signs and towing wagons of children, thousands of red-shirted teachers cheered and chanted as speaker after speaker urged them to stand firm until they have a deal in writing. They told the teachers that their strike was a symbol of hope for public teachers and other unions that have been losing ground around the nation.

“I’m pretty confident that something will come together that both sides will agree on,” said Ramses James, a sixth-grade math teacher. “I believe this is a very strong turning point when you have so many people coming out to fight alongside (the teachers union). That means a lot.”

Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law


September 14, 2012;by Eyder Peralta

The controversial law that curbed the collective bargaining rights of public employees in Wisconsin has been struck down by Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas.

The law, if you remember, was championed by Gov. Scott Walker and it unleashed massive protests and even led to Democratic law makers to flee the state to forestall its passage. After it became law, union activists mobilized and triggered a recall vote, which Walker ultimately defeated.

The Associated Press reports:

“Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled Friday that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null and void. The ruling comes after a lawsuit brought by the Madison teachers union and a union for Milwaukee city employees.

“Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says he is confident the decision will be overturned on appeal.

“It was not clear if the ruling means the law is immediately suspended. The law took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most workers and has been in effect for more than a year.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that this means municipal workers return to what was the status-quo before the law was passed. State employees still have to abide by the new law.

“The ruling means that, unless it is overturned on appeal, school districts and local officials will have to return to the bargaining table with their workers in a much more significant way,” the Sentinel reports.