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Teachers of Third-Largest Wisconsin School District Vote to Decertify Union

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posted on Sep, 15 2013 @ 07:44 PM
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Teachers of Third-Largest Wisconsin School District Vote to Decertify Union

Teachers in Kenosha, Wisconsin have de-certificated their union membership !

Apparently the new law in Wisconsin, Act 10, requires that union membership must be re-certified each year !!

WOW !!

I guess it clearly gives everybody a choice without long term commitments.



Teachers in Kenosha, Wisconsin have voted to decertify their union, putting a halt to the organization's ability to bargain with the state on behalf of educators.

Kenosha teachers took advantage of the opportunity to jettison the union after Governor Scott Walker's successful implementation of Act 10, a law that limits what unions can bargain for on behalf of members.

In accordance with Act 10, unions must re-certify with members each year, and the deadline for recertification was August 30. Teachers in two of the state's other large districts, Milwaukee and Janesville, successfully re-certified, but members shot down the Kenosha union bid.

Kenosha, a city just south of Milwaukee, is the third largest school district in the state.




Teachers of Third-Largest Wisconsin School District Vote to Decertify Union


Wisconsin's Act10


The 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, also known as the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,[1] was legislation proposed by Republican Governor Scott Walker[2] and passed by the Wisconsin Legislature to address a projected $3.6 billion budget deficit.[3] The legislation primarily impacted the following areas: collective bargaining, compensation, retirement, health insurance, and sick leave of public sector employees. In response, unions and other groups organized protests inside and around the state capitol. The bill was passed into law and became effective as of June 29, 2011. The represented public employees exempt from the changes to the collective bargaining law are state patrol troopers and inspectors.

Act 10



Pros and Cons ?




posted on Sep, 15 2013 @ 07:58 PM
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I am of the opinion that most unions had to migrate to the public sector once they begin to ask for so much that they drove jobs over seas or in some cases (like Hostess) simply left the company non-competitive. Right now someone that works in a public job in Ohio has much better salary and benefits than someone in a equivalent job in the private sector.

I don't believe public employees need to be paid MORE than the average of the private sector. After all, anyone that has been to the DMV in Ohio can tell you they are sub-standard in service and yet they are paid MORE than the average of a private sector worker in a comparable position.




posted on Sep, 15 2013 @ 08:02 PM
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Not really sure what to make of this. Having worked as union and non-union both have their advantages and disadvantages. Obviously the union was not meeting the members needs but the article doesn't really explain why. Hopefully this decision will not come back and bite them in the butt.



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