We believe in equal opportunity for everyone and an end to employment discrimination against the formerly incarcerated. This is why 9to5 Wisconsin has led campaigns in Milwaukee and Racine to remove the conviction history check box and other application questions about a person’s criminal background.
No one should have to choose between a paycheck and the health and well-being of their family. We’re working to create a statewide paid leave insurance program allowing Wisconsin workers to take up to 12 weeks paid time off for personal illness, family illness, or the birth or adoption of a new child.
We want to encourage employers to adopt progressive workplace policies with social good ordinances. This would give extra points to companies bidding for a contract with the city if they have any of the following policies: ban the box, living wages, paid sick days, paid family leave, breastfeeding accommodations.
Julie’s passion for fighting for economic inequality came from her experiences growing up on a small family farm in rural Minnesota. “There’s something wrong with a society where someone like my Dad works an outside job and runs the farm and still ends up working into his 80s because he can’t afford to retire.” Julie spent over 20 years in sales and marketing in the corporate world while volunteering for nonprofits and political campaigns. Ten years ago she left the corporate world to pursue her passions for social justice first as political director in a labor union and then running a statewide civic engagement coalition in Virginia. She lives with her husband Mike and their cat, Tina. She relaxes by gardening, cooking, biking and getting lost in a good book.
Meghan is a Lutheran Volunteer and a recent graduate of Augustana College with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature. She has previous experience interning with an immigrants’ rights organization. She is passionate about social justice and anti-oppression work and hopes to pursue a career in community organizing after her volunteer year.
As a third generation organizer, Rhonda has organizing in her DNA. Over the past twenty plus years her primary focus has been working to build grassroots leaders in the many venues of injustices faced within her community from low wage working populations, renters & homeowners, youth and elderly, low income housing tenants and parents of school age children. Rhonda has been active in the progressive movement of policy change work with 9to5 since 2008.