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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.
The 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, also known as the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, was legislation proposed by Republican Governor Scott Walker and passed by the Wisconsin Legislature to address a projected $3.6 billion budget deficit. 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.