Many Wisconsin Teachers Retiring In Wake Of Walker’s Bill

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at 7:27 am

Nearly twice as many Wisconsin public school teachers decided to retire in the first half this year as in all of 2010, the leading edge of a mass exodus of public employees after most of their collective bargaining rights were eliminated.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press under the state’s open records law show that through June this year, nearly 5,000 Wisconsin school district employees started receiving retirement benefits. That is almost double the more than 2,500 retirements in all of last year.

The retirements came before a new law took effect requiring teachers and other public workers to pay more for their health insurance and pension benefits.

Of course, the changes passed by the Republican Legislature led to weeks of protests at the Capitol by teachers and other public employees. Teachers who remained employed in the state have started receiving smaller paychecks this month due to the increased contributions they now have to make for their health insurance and pension benefits. The law is also expected to keep some unions from recertifying due to the new fiscal restraints.

Walker is expected to face a recall effort in 2012 as well.

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