Thursday, September 2, 2010

We stay till the job is done! Paid Sick Days Ordinance in Supreme Court 10.1.10

Greetings from 9to5, NAWW Milwaukee!

On behalf of the staff, interns and board of 9to5 Milwaukee we would like to extend a warm THANK YOU to everyone that showed up for our Women’s Equality Day Speak Out Rally at City Hall on August 26, 2010! Our turn out was astounding, over 100 people present in support of the Healthy Families Act (H.R. 2460, S 1152) and to rally around our 2008 victory at the polls for Paid Sick Days Coalition. We the people showed up and sent a clear message: that we are going to stay in the struggle until the voice of the people is recognized, and respected. Nearly 70% of the Milwaukee voters can’t be ignored! Thank you Milwaukee for always being at the forefront of change! Si Se Puede!

Our work is not over. We have been notified that the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments for the Paid Sick Days Ordinance law suit on:

October 1, 2010
2 PM
Washington County Justice Center
432 East Washington StreetWest Bend, WI 53095

We will need YOU to attend this important date. Our strongest tool is showing up in numbers in support of what we voted for! We are most interested in having the people affected by the lack of Paid Sick Days present. Lack of Paid Sick Days affects all of us, but it has most directly affected hospitality workers, food service professionals, CNA’s Medical assistants, parents and those working temporary positions. If this is your position we want to hear from you! We would like to organize as many community members as possible to show up at the court date and be counted as voters that represent the need for Paid Sick Days implementation!

Please contact LaShawndra @ 414.274.0920 or milwaukee@9to5.0rg if you need assistance with transportation, or would like to organize a carpool.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Election Connection 2010

By Amy Stear

9to5 members are preparing to elevate, educate and agitate around our issues in this year's elections. We do this by sharing our vision of a fair and equitable workplace that supports our ability to care for our families. Paid sick days, expanded family medical leave rights to attend our children's school conferences and job-protected leaves are all very important issues to us.

We talk with people in our community about the importance of ending discrimination in the workplace and ensuring all workers are treated equally and receive equal protection under the law. We share our commitment to achieve pay equity since currently women earn only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.

We publicize the stories of the most vulnerable families struggling to move out of poverty as we call for access to family-supporting jobs, expanded work supports including affordable health care, child care and the maintenance of safety net programs like food share and unemployment insurance.

This is what we value at 9to5 and we vote our values. We know one of the best ways to make meaningful change is to make our voices heard with decision-makers, policy-makers and candidates of all types over the next several months. In the next few months we will be participating in candidate forums around the city. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, share our position on our important issues and find out who supports what we value.

The first Candidate Forum will take place Thursday, August 10th at Centennial Hall (
733 North 8th Street, Milwaukee).

For more information visit

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Reactions to the Arizona Immigration Law

By Teresa Mambu-Rasch

On April 23, 2010, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a disturbing and potentially unconstitutional bill into law. In sum, the new law legalizes racial profiling and discrimination within the State of Arizona. It requires police officers to stop anyone whom the officer reasonably suspects may be undocumented. If the person does not have immediate proof that they are a legal citizen or resident, the officer can arrest and detain the person until s/he can offer proof of their “legal” status.

There are four major problems with the law:

1) It codifies racial profiling of Latino and people of color

2) It moves immigration enforcement from the federal level to the local level

3) It requires everyone in Arizona to carry an identification card with them at all times, which conjures up memories of Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa

4) It criminalizes being undocumented within the state of Arizona

In response to this law, many cities and organizations have called for a boycott of the state of Arizona in the form of an ordinance that would ban public employees from traveling to Arizona on official business until the law is repealed.

Amy Stear, 9to5 Wisconsin Director, wrote to each Milwaukee alderman and alderwoman voicing 9to5's support for a similar boycott in Milwaukee. She wrote, "9to5 has a long history of challenging discrimination in the workplace and we find SB 1070 particularly reprehensible as it harms the entire state of Arizona by purposefully undermining the rights of people of color living or traveling through the state."

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Monday, April 5, 2010

2010 Membership Drive

By Sangita Nayak

During this 2010 membership drive, I have been reminded about how there are so many moments to join 9to5. Here are three different ways women have become members so far this drive.

1) While volunteering with 9to5, women joined as a 9to5 member in order to keep our work going. One woman, who volunteered for the first time, filled out the form and paid her membership immediately, so she could help 9to5 financially and demonstrate her investment in our work.

2) One member asked if she could renew online and asked for our website address. In no time flat she had entered the website and paid her membership. Online memberships take little time to complete and few 9to5 resources to process. Join online today at

3) Many members have been successful in recruiting new members, this reminds us that members like giving to members. If you are a member why not ask friends and family if they would like to join your local 9to5 chapter. Every year this is a major way 9to5 Milwaukee grows its membership.

Celebrate 36 years of 9to5 - join today for only $15! As a member of 9to5, you will receive:

- Our quarterly Newsline magazine
- An invitation to 9to5's Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
- Action alerts on legislation to expand workplace rights and family friendly policies
- Connections to other women activists in Milwaukee and across the country

...not to mention your contribution will help move 9to5 and its issues forward. Join TODAY!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Honoring Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton

By Laura Kendellen

On the first day of the first woman elected to lead from the office of Lieutenant Governor in Wisconsin, Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton received the Status of Women in Wisconsin report that gave us a low C-grade. That became the impetus for her groundbreaking economic development initiative, Wisconsin Women = Prosperity, that put our state to work to raise the grade for Wisconsin women. Her design for that work, addressing the inextricable nature of the building blocks for prosperity, became a national and international model. Since then, Lt. Governor Lawton has never backed away from the sometimes thorny issues that define smart, family-supporting public policies for working women in Wisconsin.

9to5 Milwaukee, Paid Sick Days Wisconsin and the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee invite you to a FREE event on April 8th at 5:00 p.m. honoring Lt. Gov. Lawton for her continued commitment to Wisconsin working women and their families.

Join us to learn how positive work and family practices strengthen job preservation for workers and employers, and help low-income workers move out of poverty.
  • Keynote by Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton
  • Comments by Congresswoman Gwen Moore
  • Legacy Bank's Margaret Henningsen
Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP Amy Stear, Wisconsin Director, 9to5 Milwaukee or 414-274-0923

Visit the 9to5 website for more details.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Milwaukee’s Fair Share

By Laura Kendellen

Help make sure Milwaukee gets its fair share by pledging to participate in the 2010 census.

At the March member meeting, learn why the 2010 census is an important tool for Milwaukeeans to receive the resources they need like health care, job training, child care and schools.

Saturday, March 20th at 11 a.m. Nonprofit Center (2819 W Highland Blvd.)

After the meeting, join 9to5 staff in community outreach, collecting signatures from Milwaukeeans who pledge to participate in the 2010 census.

In 2000, 1/3 of Milwaukeeans went uncounted which means families did not get their fair share. By reaching out to 2,010 Milwaukeeans, 9to5 can help ensure an accurate 2010 census, which means funds for critical programs like job support and BadgerCare.

For more information about the 2010 census and to pledge online visit

Pledge cards are also available at the 9to5 office (207 E Buffalo Street, Suite 211). Sign one for yourself and take a few to have your friends and family sign.

To get involved, contact

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Road Trip to Paid Sick Days Justice

By Christopher Flowers
Edited by Laura Kendellen

On January 20th, 9to5 organized a group of Paid Sick Days supporters to hop on a bus at 7:30 a.m. and take a short but exciting ride to Madison. About 25 more supporters from across Wisconsin met us there.

At the Capitol, we attended the Paid Sick Days ordinance court hearing where 9to5’s attorney, Barbara Quindel, described the need for Paid Sick Days in Milwaukee. The courtroom was packed with close to 50 Paid Sick Days supporters and only a handful of seats were taken by our opponents with the MMAC.

“I was excited to attend the appeal and witness history in the making for both employers and employees,” says Angie Grice, a 9to5 intern. “I am a student pursuing business management and accounting with hopes of running my own business. I know that some employers’ associations are against Paid Sick Days, but as a future entrepreneur, I would give my employees paid sick days.”

The overall experience was very enlightening and empowering. We are people making history and it gives employees hope for a better future.

9to5 thanks attending Paid Sick Days allies:

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Wisconsin Apprentice Organizers Project
Sojourner Family Peace Center
Voces de la Frontera
• Freedom Inc.
• Madison Worker Rights Coalition

…and the many Milwaukeeans who made the day-long trip!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Making Change in TANF

By Lila Saavedra
Edited by Laura Kendellen

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program (W-2 in Wisconsin) is scheduled for reauthorization in 2010. TANF states that it gives low income families self-sufficiency, yet many women who have received W-2 still struggle to move their families from poverty.

On February 24th and 25th, 9to5 Milwaukee Intern Angie Grice and I attended a conference in Washington D.C. with the Welfare Economic Justice Coalition. During the conference, we discussed and lobbied to make education a priority, change how TANF funds are used in our state, and end time limits which are harsh in today’s recession.

In Milwaukee, 9to5 members and staff have held a number of meetings with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in an effort to ensure a more stable outcome for all recipients of Wisconsin TANF services like W-2 emergency assistance and child care funds. The next meeting with DCF representatives is Friday, March 12th at 1 p.m. A preparatory meeting is being held tonight at 4 p.m. All are encouraged to attend.

Both meetings are held at the Nonprofit Center (2819 W Highland Blvd.).

We are collecting testimonies from women with W-2 benefits and encourage them to join us at our March meetings. Please contact with questions, testimony or to RSVP.

Check out video from the WEJC conference! Intern Angie Grice begins her speech at 6:38 on clip 1 and continues into clip 2.