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9/1: Laborfest MKE 2014
fist-wisconsin1LABORFEST MKE 2014 Labor day, Sep­tem­ber 1st 11 AM — Parade from the Zei­dler Union Square to Sum­mer­fest Grounds Noon to 5 PM - Cel­e­bra­tion at the Sum­mer­fest Grounds #Labor­festMKE — Join the Face­book event here! Cel­e­brate rights we have earned by unit­ing to make jobs safer, bet­ter and fairer for every­one. Proudly made by Union Work­ers! Raf­fle tick­ets available […]

Fmr Oshkosh Corp UAW pres cites work of Peace Action WI in call for transition from declining defense contracts
osh pic“This could be the begin­ning of engag­ing the entire com­mu­nity to plan for our future” - Joe Preisler, for­mer pres­i­dent of UAW Local 578 Sup­port the call for pro­tect­ing Wis­con­sin jobs by assist­ing com­pa­nies and com­mu­ni­ties tran­si­tion from declin­ing defense con­tracts: Sign our Wis­con­sin Job Secu­rity Peti­tion here! The future of state’s work­force By Joe Preisler, Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sentinel, […]

Cuts to number of Navy ships produced in Marinette threatens hundreds of jobs
USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) built in Marinette, WI and launched December 13, 2013.The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed the Depart­ment of Defense Appro­pri­a­tions Act (370–73, 18 not vot­ing) on June 20, 2014 fund­ing the con­struc­tion of only one U.S. Navy lit­toral com­bat ship at Marinette Marine, rather than the two the ship­yard was com­mis­sioned for back in 2010. This means that the bill cuts in half what the Navy […]

Federal funding increased for communities facing defense-related job loss
logo_oea  On June 18, Rep. Keith Elli­son (MN) intro­duced, and passed, an amend­ment [H.AMDT.879 (A013)] to the Depart­ment of Defense Appro­pri­a­tions Act [H.R.4870] to increase fund­ing for the Office of Eco­nomic Adjust­ment (OEA) by $10 mil­lion dol­lars. Rep. Elli­son out­lined the impor­tance of the OEA while intro­duc­ing the amend­ment: [T]he pur­pose of this amend­ment is […]

Wisconsin continues to shed manufacturing jobs, state lags region and nation in job growth
103068384_WISVOTER22G1-online  From the Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel: Mea­sured from the end of Decem­ber 2010 through Decem­ber 2013 — the period coin­cid­ing with the first three years of Walker’s term — Wis­con­sin ranked 35th of the 50 states in private-sector job growth. Dur­ing those three years, Wis­con­sin fell behind all its Mid­west­ern peer states, which share similar […]

Map of Wisconsin’s dependence on military production
map orange crop 4This map shows the large num­ber of com­pa­nies that have received con­tracts to pro­duce for the Pen­ta­gon. Many of these com­mu­ni­ties are fac­ing lay­offs because of shift­ing Pen­ta­gon spend­ing. We can’t con­tinue to rely on mil­i­tary pro­duc­tion to keep us employed. Demand our State Leg­is­la­ture do more assist these com­pa­nies and com­mu­ni­ties tran­si­tion to a […]

News: Oshkosh Corp. Laying off 760 From Defense Division
Oshkosh Corp. said Thurs­day it plans to elim­i­nate about 760 jobs from its defense divi­sion this sum­mer, or 29 per­cent of the group’s work­force, a deci­sion dri­ven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other mil­i­tary vehi­cles. […] “We need to reshape our work­force with U.S. defense spend­ing down as a result of tight […]

News: Wisconsin 2nd in U.S. in job losses last month, new estimates show
The Wis­con­sin losses included an esti­mated 7,900 gov­ern­ment jobs, 5,000 jobs in pro­fes­sional or busi­ness ser­vices and 2,200 in man­u­fac­tur­ing. By Mike Ivey, The Cap­i­tal Times, 3/30/2014 Read the full arti­cle here Wis­con­sin was sec­ond in the nation in total job losses last month, a some­what sur­pris­ing devel­op­ment con­sid­er­ing the state’s unem­ploy­ment rate has reached its lowest […]

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