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AFSCME Thanks Milwaukee Alderpersons for Efforts to Support Furloughed City Employees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by AFSCME Wisconsin, Valerie Landowski   
Saturday, 09 May 2020 08:09

milw-city-workersAlthough the Milwaukee Common Council voted to furlough over 200 employees and move over 500 to work sharing, union thanks Alderwoman Lewis and those who voted to codify employee support in writing.


MILWAUKEE, WI - AFSCME Wisconsin laments the City of Milwaukee Common Council vote to reject economic support for city employees during the COVID-19 response and mounting economic crisis. To meet the 2020 city budget, the City of Milwaukee proposed furloughing over 200 employees and work sharing over 500.

AFSCME Wisconsin represents clerical, administrative, library services, neighborhood services, and public works employees impacted by furloughs and work share.

On Friday, May 8, 2020 the Milwaukee Common Council rejected an amendment introduced by Alderwoman Chantia Lewis to make furloughed and work shared employees economically whole. The amendment would have allowed employees who had not received unemployment insurance benefits within two weeks of beginning their furlough to be recalled to work. This policy would have prevented employees’ loss of pay.

AFSCME Wisconsin Vice President Mark Pelzek stated, “although we acknowledge the reality the City faces with revenue, employees want to partner with the City to find a solution. The furlough and work share plans were formulated without worker input. Being briefed after decisions have been made does not qualify as input. Workers need to be involved.”

Pelzek continued, “we want to thank Alderwoman Lewis and those who voted to codify employee support in writing. We appreciate their continued efforts to protect the financial well-being of Milwaukee employees. It is disappointing that some alderpersons told workers they would advocate for them and then they voted against this amendment. It is clear this amendment would have alleviated the anxiety of city employees.”

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For more information, please contact AFSCME Wisconsin Communications Director Valerie Landowski ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or (715) 347-2740

 
Grant Program Will Help Ethnically Diverse Micro-Businesses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Saturday, 09 May 2020 07:40

businesses-microSmall businesses in our minority communities often don’t have established relationships to financial institutions, but are an important pathway for entrepreneurs.

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New Best Practices and Safety Guidelines for Wisconsin Businesses Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Saturday, 09 May 2020 07:25

coronavirus-small-businessWEDC developed guides to help businesses, especially small businesses, as they begin the road back to reopening.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2020 07:38
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Oil communities face prospect of years-long recovery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Saturday, 09 May 2020 07:10

gas-pumpsOil prices took a nosedive in April, trading at a record low by closing at negative $37. Companies have slashed budgets and cut production, but there’s still a global surplus.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2020 07:22
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Gov. Evers Continues to Expand Community Testing Programs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 07 May 2020 15:15

covid-19-india-testTesting site locations, contact information, hours of operation, and guidance on how to schedule an appointment now available online.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 May 2020 17:05
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Evidence mounts that outside is safer when it comes to COVID-19 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 07 May 2020 14:48

door-county_bikingYou are less likely to get the coronavirus while outside, a fact that could add momentum to calls to reopen beaches and parks.


WASHINGTON, DC - Health experts say people are significantly less likely to get coronavirus while outside, a fact that could add momentum to calls to reopen beaches and parks closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being outside shouldn’t be seen as a completely safe space, health experts say. People should continue to avoid crowds and seek a six-foot distance from other people to stay away from the virus.

But experts are increasingly confident in evidence showing that the coronavirus spreads much more readily indoors than outdoors, a finding that could help guide policy makers seeking to figure out ways to end lockdowns that have shuttered much of the nation’s economy.

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WI Supreme Court Chief Justice Out of Line says Gruszynski PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Ryan Neigbauer   
Thursday, 07 May 2020 11:11

patience-roggensackRoggensack comments that COVID-19 is only spreading through people in meat-packing plants and not “the regular folks” are out of touch with reality.

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Trump’s Health Care Repeal Case Moves Forward PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Khary Penebaker, DNC Member WI   
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 16:47

healthcare-family-drDecision could take Health Care from millions during a Pandemic.

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Gruszynski Urges JFC to Approve DPI Funding Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Ryan Neigbauer   
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 10:42

schoolyard-greenfieldGreen Bay area legislator wants Wisconsin schools and libraries to receive $174.7 million that will be distributed by the Department of Public Instruction.

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New discoveries shift coronavirus timeline by months PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 10:16

coronavirus-outbreak-asiaFirst known case traced to mid-November in China's Hubei province. Virus may have made it here to US by December.

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Connecting During Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 09:05

broadband-map-northwoodsKeeping connected during this public health crisis has again highlighted the lack of reliable internet in rural Wisconsin and the urgent need to expand broadband and better connect our communities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 09:29
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