It is time to return to true American and Wisconsin values. We must rebuild our economy from the ground up, by strengthening the embattled middle class and expanding opportunity to those who strive to someday be middle class. A strong middle class doesn't happen by accident, we create it with the decisions we make together, guided by our shared values. We must find the political courage to take tangible steps that will expand economic opportunity as broadly as possible.
We must reaffirm our commitment to those great American and Wisconsin values of freedom, opportunity and shared responsibility. We must fight together to take back Wisconsin and build an economy that works for everyone; where everyone is responsible for doing their fair share, and where every individual who is willing to work hard and play by the rules has a fair shot at realizing the American Dream.
Protect Unemployment Insurance
Wisconsin conservatives in the state legislature want to cut unemployment insurance from 26 weeks to 12 weeks and want to allow state government to access unemployed people's private bank accounts.
This shameful effort to cut unemployment insurance reflects a shift away from shared responsibility, a resurgence of greed by bad corporate actors, and a conservative movement that has fought to dismantle the supports needed for broadly shared prosperity. Cutting unemployment insurance will only further increased inequality, diminished opportunity, and increasingly snatch away the right to a fair shot at the American dream. Conservatives efforts to access worker's private bank accounts raises serious privacy concerns for workers and risks undermining the trust of workers in the program.
Partnership for Working Families and Citizen Action of Wisconsin Release NEW Report on Transforming Trash in Urban America.
Transforming Trash in Urban America, a new report from the Partnership for Working Families, demonstrates that creating jobs and slowing climate change through a new approach to waste management is both possible and urgent for America’s largest cities.
Our cities bear the brunt of the national jobs crisis, as well as suffer the worst effects of climate change. Federal political paralysis in the face of national and global scale problems requires local solutions that add up to national impact.
Transforming the way we deal with our waste is one of the best ways that cities can take local action on our jobs and environmental crises. While the environmental benefits of recycling are well established, the best approach also raises standards in what are some of the worst jobs in country, and becomes a catalyst for economic development and job creation.
Transforming Trash analyzes waste management practices in the top 37 metro areas in the country. We found huge potential to transform cities’ approach to waste management in a way that creates good jobs, while advancing toward zero waste:
In a few model cities like Seattle and San Francisco, workers, environmentalists and community activists have worked with elected leaders and sanitation staff to create comprehensive recycling systems that capture the sector’s full potential as a catalyst for the green economy.
In cities like Los Angeles, Oakland, New York, and Boston, new labor/community/environment coalitions are successfully advocating to increase diversion and job standards together, all while strengthening local recycling economies.
A significant number of cities that we surveyed have low recycling rates and/or few job components of their waste management plans, and lots of room for improvement. Places like Denver and Milwaukee can adopt waste management and recycling policies that increase diversion and maximize job creation and equity from the very beginning.
The Partnership for Working Families, together with environmental, labor, and community allies, is building a ground up movement to tackle jobs and climate problems by transforming the waste industry. Transforming Trash in Urban America shows that city level change can add up to national impact.