Earlier today, our sisters and brothers in the Wisconsin AFL-CIO shared the following message with members about the unbelievable attacks on the University of Wisconsin System by Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans. Please read what President Phil Neuenfeldt and Secretary-Treasurer Stephanie Bloomingdale have to say, and then take a moment to sign our petition in support of the UW System!
I'm proud to share with you a joint statement from Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of educational policy studies and sociology at UW-Madison and a member of AFT local 223, United Faculty and Academic Staff. Randi and Sara, two committed educators and unionists, strongly condemn Scott Walker's attacks on higher education, which will slash essential state funding and threaten the bedrock of academic freedom upon which higher education depends. Please share this statement widely and help us get the word out about the danger facing every university in the UW System, from Superior to Milwaukee.
Madison, WI: Responding to the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee’s expected vote to slash $250 million in UW System funding and remove legislative protections for academic freedom and shared governance, union members in the UW System condemned the funding cuts and called on System and campus administrations to protect academic freedom. “Today’s move by JFC Republicans to pay for Scott Walker’s tax breaks for his wealthy donors by slashing public education is shameful,” said Eleni Schirmer, a UW-Madison graduate student and co-president of the Teaching Assistants’ Association, AFT local 3220.
That's the provocative title of an article by Washington Post education reporter Valerie Strauss, who provides a comprehensive overview of the relentless assault on public education in Wisconsin.
The AFT has joined a broad coalition of organizations, from its sister unions to Student Veterans of America, from the National Young Farmers Coalition to Jobs with Justice and the Center for American Progress, to demand that elected officials take action and address college affordability within the next six months.
The results are in, and the message is clear: strong unions matter. Once again, every AFT-Wisconsin local union that pursued recertification was victorious, showing that even with the game rigged, union members still know how to organize for success. (You can read AFT-Wisconsin's press release by clicking "more" below.) Congratulations to members of the following AFT-Wisconsin local unions for their election victories!
- Local 212 - faculty and PSRP at Milwaukee Area Technical College
- Local 243 - full-time faculty and PSRP at Madison Area Technical College
- Local 395 - faculty at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
- Local 2308 - faculty at Blackhawk Technical College
- Local 3338 - faculty at Moraine Park Technical College
- Local 3605 - faculty, non-teaching professionals, and PSRP at Western Technical College
- Local 4019 - PSRP at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
- Local 6100 - part-time faculty at Madison Area Technical College