Madison, WI – AFSCME Wisconsin commends Governor Tony Evers for his strong commitment to investing in Wisconsin's workforce and communities in his 2023-2025 budget proposal.

Here are 10 things to love about your union on Valentine's Day — and every day of the year: 

AFSCME Wisconsin Council 32 is proud to announce its 2024 scholarship program! Council 32 is devoted to improving educational accessibility for hardworking AFSCME families. This year, Council 32 offers two scholarships for dependents of a current AFSCME member and one scholarship for a current member. These scholarships may be used for any field of study. 

The scholarships offered are:

1-   $3,500.00 Jim Boyd Memorial Scholarship to a high school senior (dependent of a current member)

The most pro-worker president in our lifetimes delivered the most pro-worker State of the Union address in recent memory.

Here are just a few highlights from President Joe Biden’s Tuesday night speech:

1. On the remarkable job growth of the last two years: 12 million new jobs are more than any previous president has created in four years in office. “Jobs are coming back, pride is coming back, because choices we made in the last several years,” Biden said.

In January 1993, Joann Mapp shared a powerful message on a conference call with newly elected President Bill Clinton. Mapp, a keypunch operator at the Philadelphia City Police Department and a member of AFSCME Local 1637 (District Council 33), was a single mother to 5-year-old twins.

The following is adapted from remarks delivered by President Saunders at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s Martin Luther King Day Breakfast on January 14, 2023.

Union family, it’s a great honor to spend this special day with you, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as we reflect on his sacrifice and recommit to his work.

Madison, WI – AFSCME Locals 1205 and 1558 ratified new contracts with American Red Cross last night, ending 16 months of negotiation attempts and calling off a strike scheduled to take place during the region’s largest single-day blood drive.

“From the beginning, all the workers wanted was for their hard work to be recognized by their bosses with a fair contract,” said AFSCME Council 32 Executive Director Patrick Wycoff. “To attain that, the workers had to take a stand. Make no mistake, the members’ courage to strike the holiday blood drive was critical to reaching this agreement.”

"After many months of negotiations, we have reached a fair contract with our employer," said Lora Parker of AFSCME Local 1205. "Our committee worked long hours to achieve it. Our union members came together in solidarity by using their voices and casting their votes to strike and to ratify. Now, we will be able to continue our mission to help our communities.”

Tony Uecke of AFSCME Local 1558 added, “Blood collection services workers do what we do because we believe in the mission and care about our donors. This contract allows us and the Red Cross to continue our work while delivering fair compensation to our staff.”

The new three-year agreements include retroactive bonus payments for 2021, retroactive wage increases of 6% for 2022 and 3% for 2023, access to excellent United Steelworkers Health and Welfare Fund insurance benefits, and matching 6% and 3% increases to the contract’s progressive wage schedules. The matching wage schedule increases, in particular, were a top priority throughout negotiations for the employees. The Red Cross consistently rejected these proposals until minutes before last night’s vote.

“The bargaining log-jam broke when the Red Cross agreed to our final proposals to increase the wage schedules by 6% and 3% over the next two years, just as our ratification meeting was starting,” said AFSCME Council 32 Staff Representative Neil Rainford. “Progressive, fully-funded wage schedules will allow the Red Cross to attract and retain badly-needed staff to collect and process blood for area hospitals.”

The newly ratified contracts take effect immediately and will expire on December 31, 2024.

AFSCME Wisconsin’s member-led effort to reelect Governor Tony Evers began more than seven months ago at the AFSCME Council 32 Convention. The delegates unanimously voted to endorse Evers for reelection in recognition of his work rolling back harmful personnel policies and his strong defense against further attacks on working people.