Tues. Oct 6: Hearing on Wisconsin civil service and Vigil to honor Marty Beil by blue cheddar • October 5, 2015



A public hearing on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, in Room 411 South of the State Capitol.

-The public hearing will start at 8:30 a.m., and recess at 11:50 a.m., for partisan caucuses.

-The committee will reconvene at 2:15 p.m., and take testimony until 6:00 p.m., that evening.

-Depending on the number of registrants wishing to speak, the Chairman may find it necessary to utilize a time limit for each speaker. The time limit may be adjusted throughout the public hearing in order to accommodate the number of registrants.

-In the event that more speakers register than time permits to speak, their registrations of speaking for or against the legislation will be changed to registering for or against.

For more info. on the proposed changes, see Joanne Brown’s blog post “End of civil service


Real wick candles are not allowed to be set aflame on the Wisconsin Capitol grounds. You can bring a flashlight or else purchase electric candles at discount stores.

Candlelight Vigil
Tuesday 5PM
October 6
Wisconsin State Capitol
2 East Main Street, Madison, Wisconsin

“We lost not only a champion of the people today, but a brother, Marty Beil.

To honor him please join me for a candlelight vigil Tuesday Oct. 6th starting at 5:00 on the Capitol Steps (of course coinciding with a hearing to kill civil service, because of course Marty wouldn’t have it any other way!)

Be sure to bring a candle and wear your AFSCME Green!


Leah Lipska”



Marty Beil
(January 23, 1947 – October 2, 2015)

Marty Beil, “The Bull of the Woods”, age 68, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Mazomanie on Friday, October 2, 2015. Marty was born in Chicago, IL on Jan. 23, 1947 to the late Martin and Mary (Turk) Beil. He graduated from Divine Word Missionary Seminary and obtained a Master’s Degree from Marquette University. Following college, Marty worked for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections as a Probation and Parole Agent. He quickly became active in the union aspiring to president of his local union and a member of its bargaining team. He was proudly elected as the president of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, a position he held until he had the opportunity to become Executive Director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24; until his retirement this past June 30.

Marty Beil married Sue Wigdahl the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 1983. They have spent over 30 years sharing life’s many twists and turns always there for one another. Marty enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and bird watching; he was a member of the Roxbury Valley Trap Gun Club and Merrimac Conservation Club. Marty looked forward to the farmers market, canning, cooking and grilling out. He cherished time spent with his family and union Brothers and Sisters. Most recently, Marty has enjoyed more than anything his time with his granddaughter, passing on his infinite wisdom and taste for sweets.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; 4 children, Natalie (Derrick) Beil, Audra (Mike) Beil, Nick (Stefanie) Beil, Jessica (Nate) Bahr; 3 grand-daughters, Trinity Childs, Paige and Scarlette Bahr; a brother, Mike (Sandy) Beil; twin sisters, Monica (Norman) Peterson and Mary Ann Beil, many nieces and nephews, and mother in-law, Marilyn Wigdahl. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Kay Beil and father in-law, Robert Duresky.

A Celebration of Marty’s Life will be held starting at 4:00 pm, on October 10, 2015 at Grandma Mary’s Cafe, 175 U.S. Hwy 14, Arena; a place close to Marty’s heart.

Education for everyone was very important to Marty. The family asks that in lieu of flowers or gifts, memorials may be directed to a scholarship that will be established in his name.

“Kicking ass for the working class!”




Paul Spink, a long time member of Beil’s Local and now president of Council 32, said the following:
“Marty was a fiercely dedicated and passionate activist and leader for public employees and the services they provide for more than 40 years. The labor movement is stronger today because of him. We are all devastated by this loss, but we will carry on and never forget his passion or commitment to the cause of economic justice.”

Statement issued by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi on passing of Marty Beil:
“I am deeply saddened by the news of Marty Beil’s passing. Marty dedicated his life to helping others and fighting on behalf of Wisconsin workers. Marty went to work every day to advocate for Wisconsin’s working families. And his legacy will reflect his desire to see all Wisconsinites have a chance to reach the American dream.”

Statement of Mayor Paul Soglin on the Death of Marty Beil:
Anyone who has worked in Wisconsin, whether they were a union member or not, owes a debt of gratitude to Marty Beil. He not only gave us better wages and working conditions, but he was dedicated to creating a safe and happy workplace. My thoughts and sympathy are with his family at this very sad time.

Representative Subeck released the following statement regarding the passing of Wisconsin labor leader Marty Beil:
“Marty Beil dedicated his life and work to bettering the lives of working people in Wisconsin. Marty was more than a labor leader – he was a role model and a friend to me and to so many others who will miss his presence. I extend my sincere condolences to his family.”

U.S. Representative Pocan Statement on Passing of Labor Leader Marty Beil:
“Marty leaves behind a legacy of tireless advocacy on behalf of workers across the state. For over 30 years as the head of AFSCME, Marty embodied the longstanding Wisconsin tradition of fighting for workers’ rights and protections. I will always remember his pivotal leadership and constant presence throughout the weeks of protests following the introduction of Act 10 in 2011. Marty was strong voice for working families in Wisconsin and a firm believer that when we all do better, we all do better. He will be truly missed by the labor community in Wisconsin and my thoughts are with his family at this most difficult time.”

Wisconsin State Representative Mandela Barnes (D Milwaukee) released the following statement regarding the passing of Marty Beil:
“While many of us are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Marty Beil this week, there is no better time than now for us to embrace and celebrate his steadfast passion to achieve true economic justice for Wisconsin families. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends, family, and those who fought alongside him for our unions and the working people that our unions protect and support every day. Marty’s legacy will live on through continued efforts to empower Wisconsin’s families through worker and social justice.”

Statement by Senator Miller on the Passing of Marty Beil:
“I am shocked and saddened by the passing of Marty Biel. Marty Beil was a tireless advocate for worker’s rights, determined to better the circumstances for the working people of Wisconsin. My thoughts are with his family and friends and the many people whose lives he improved.”

Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the folowing statement regarding the passing of longtime labor leader Marty Beil:
“Marty was a tireless advocate for Wisconsin’s working families and a fearless defender of workplace freedom. He understood the value of a hard day’s work and was never afraid to take on the powerful out-of-state corporations and special interests who tried to undermine workers’ rights. His tenacity and unwavering dedication to Wisconsin’s hardworking families will be sorely missed but not forgotten.”

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today on the passing of Marty Beil:
“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Marty Beil, and it is especially unfortunate to lose him so soon after his retirement. Marty worked tirelessly for decades to stand up for the rights of working people, and Wisconsin will miss someone who so fully embodied our state’s values. Our thoughts are with Marty’s family at this very difficult time.”

Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Dave Considine release statement on the death of constituent and change agent for working families Marty Beil:
“Marty Beil lived his life working to improve the lives of public employees all over Wisconsin. Even after his retirement he did not stop contributing to positive change. At a recent corrections officers meeting in Portage during his brief retirement, Marty offered his support, his knowledge and his humor; these attributes made Marty a great leader and a good man. Our hearts pour out for his family, his friends and the labor community who have lost a true great in Marty Beil. Earlier this year we were honored to commend Marty on his long career and retirement. The last line of our citation sums it up: Representative Dave Considine and Senator Jon Erpenbach do hereby recognize and thank Marty Beil for his decades of hard work, leadership, and deep personal sacrifices for Wisconsin workers, their families, and the labor movement.”

Martha Laning, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, issued the following statement on the loss of labor leader Marty Beil:
“Marty Beil was a tireless champion for workers in Wisconsin and our state was a better place because he was speaking up for us. He woke up every day determined to make sure workers in our state had a seat at the table and a voice to better their working conditions. His commitment to ensure working families were treated fairly is legendary and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin was proud to stand with Marty during the Act 10 battle. He was a leader for over forty years at AFSCME who will be missed, but we will all be standing up for him as we continue to speak up in support of working families in Wisconsin. Our sympathies are with his family during this difficult time. In solidarity we salute him.”


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