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Beginning Monday, September 22, delegates of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO are gathering in La Crosse for the 28th Biennial Conference of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. Hundreds of labor delegates from across the state are convening for a two and a half day conference to set the agenda of the organization and strategize innovative ways to lead the Wisconsin labor movement into the future.
Delegates will hear from a variety of national, state and local leaders including U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Jennifer Shilling, Representative Jill Billings, gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and Attorney General candiate Susan Happ. Faith leaders will begin each day with an invocation. Delegates will discuss the need to raise wages for all workers, create and sustain family-supporting jobs in Wisconsin and elect pro-worker candidates on November 4, 2014.
“In the last four years, Wisconsin workers have experienced extreme attacks from partisan politicians whose goal is to destroy our union movement for working people,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “Where has it gotten us? There aren’t enough jobs, wages are too low and workers are losing ground. Union workers from all different sectors and geographical areas are in La Crosse this week to fight back, to come together, to get energized and build an organized, innovative, inclusive labor movement.”
“We’re building solidarity and momentum for working people,” said Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “The labor movement’s aim is to improve the lives of all working people, their families and their communities. At the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, we’ve worked to establish new programs, enhance existing structures and introduce new initiatives to Wisconsin’s labor movement. Wisconsin is ready to restore worker rights and raise wages for workers. Wisconsin is ready for good jobs and a strong middle class.”