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Wisconsin Teachers Union Lets 42 Employees Go

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at 7:41 am

Wisconsin’s statewide teachers union is laying off 40 percent of its workers as a result of the law pushed by Gov. Scott Walker and passed by the Legislature curbing collective bargaining rights for union workers.

Wisconsin Education Association Council executive director Dan Burkhalter announced the layoffs of 42 workers on Monday, saying it was a result of what he called Walker’s “union-busting” bill.

Burkhalter told the Associated Press that budget cuts are also being made as a result of the new law, which opponents said was designed to weaken the power of unions like WEAC.

Burkhalter says work continues sign up new members and to be a strong and viable organization representing public school employees.

One part of the law disallows the automatic withdrawal of union dues from workers’ pay checks.

Of course that budget bill by Gov. Walker caused political upheaval all across the state earlier this year, and is also the root cause for today’s final round recall elections in Wisconsin.

Two races are taking place in which Democratic State Senators are being targeted for fleeing the state to avoid voting on the bill. Republicans lost two seats in the Senate last week out of six recall races, and are hoping to make up those two seats on Tuesday.

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