We have requested a list of information and offered recommended actions for each employer to take to protect WFNHP members. We have received some responses to those requests and have compiled the answers and policiies from your employers.
February 14, 2020
Milwaukee, WI--The Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals is proud to announce the following endorsements for the 2020 Spring Primary Election.
Milwaukee County Executive: Chris Larson and Theo Lipscomb
Chris Larson has demonstrated that he believes in nurses’ rights, workers’ rights, and that healthcare is a human right. He has put himself out there to do what is right and offers a record and vision that will move us in the right direction. Theo Lipscomb has enmeshed himself in service to the County for years. He has been a champion for our members who needed not just an ally, but a leader in the wake of Act 10 at the County level. The people of Milwaukee County are fortunate to have either candidate in the Executive’s office.
Wisconsin State Supreme Court: Ed Fallone and Jill Karofsky
Ed Fallone is a recognized constitutional law expert with a record of serving the underserved, which is a background deeply needed on the Court. Jill Karofsky is an experienced and well-respected judge whom we would be excited to see continue to defend our values on the State Supreme Court.
On Friday, November 1, 2019, from 5:00-9:00 PM we will be holding our Annual Fall Membership/Dinner Meeting and Election of Local 5000 Officers at Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 W. Oklahoma Ave. in West Allis.
Election: Voting will take place from 5:30-7:30 PM at Klemmer's Banquet Center (Maryland Room). Members can stop by any time during these hours to cast their ballot. You do not have to attend the dinner meeting in order to vote.
Dinner Meeting: For a $5.00 registration fee, members will enjoy a delicious family style dinner including beef pot roast, baked chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls and coffee, tea or milk to drink. (A cash bar will also be available.) Pre-registration is required by October 23, 2019.
As the presidential elections inch closer and the field of candidates gets more and more competitive, AFT members are engaging, parsing campaign platforms, asking questions of the candidates, and voicing their priorities as educators, healthcare practitioners and public employees. Thus far, the AFT has hosted eight AFT Votes town halls in eight different locations across the country, giving members the opportunity to meet candidates in person and hear about their stands on education, working families, healthcare and other top-line issues. Also part of the AFT’s robust endorsement process: surveys, debate parties and lots of information on AFTVotes.org.
In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column in the New York Times, she writes that, despite President Trump’s claims that we have the “best economy ever,” his policies are harming working and middle-class Americans, many of whom are struggling just to get by. “Our political and economic systems are so weighted toward the wealthy that opportunity will only come through the power of collective action,” she writes, using “the surest vehicles to increase opportunity for ordinary Americans”—public education, labor unions and voting. Read the full column.
May 8, 2019
Milwaukee, WI-- A new report released by Citizen Action of Wisconsin shows that expanding BadgerCare will allow more Wisconsinites access to life-saving treatment in recovery from opioid addiction. This report demonstrates the price disparities between the expensive private insurance market and the more affordable BadgerCare market for medications to aid in recovery from this addiction, and the high cost of these drugs is a barrier to treatment for many of our neighbors and family members.
Candice Owley, RN, President of WFNHP said, “Nurses take an oath to protect and care for our patients and our communities. I am here on nurse’s week to make clear that failure to expand BadgerCare is a death sentence for many in our state. The cost of drugs for a person with no insurance or with a high deductible plan is cruel and immoral. No politician should be able to sleep at night knowing they had a chance to save lives but turned their back on their communities.”