The Twilight of the Public Employee Unions in Wisconsin
Buried in coverage of the news that Kenosha's teachers' union has been decertified was this gem of a quote from a WEAC official: "It seems like the majority of our affiliates in the state aren't seeking re-certification," said Christina Brey.
RightWisconsin's managing editor, Brian Fraley, has more on the twilight of the public employee unions in Wisconsin.
Now that Wisconsin's educators have been given the right to choose whether or not to belong to a labor union, the unions are struggling to attract enough members to stay afloat. Proving all along that the union leaders didn't really represent their members, as much as sponge off of them.
Under a provision of Act 10, public employee unions are required to file for annual re-certification by August 30 if they wish to remain a recognized bargaining unit. Thursday Afternoon, Mark Belling broke the news that only 37 percent of the teachers in the Kenosha Unified School District voted to reauthorize the union in a recent vote.
Now, given Brey's comments in the Journal Sentinel, Kenosha is a trend setter, not an outlier.
Kenosha Unified is the third largest school district in the state. It has a well-earned reputation as a district dominated by it's unionized teachers. Pro-union school board members helped extend the previously-existing contract to delay the implementation of the Act 10 reforms there.
So, in the end, it wasn't just the mean old Republican lawmakers who had issues with teachers' unions. Teachers themselves were/are dissatisfied with the union's strong arm tactics.
As it turns out, Act 10 was the largest anti-bullying initiative in the nation. Who knew?
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