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Dozens of local school unions recertified in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – The vast majority of local school unions up for recertification in Wisconsin have voted to recertify despite statewide collective bargaining measures for public workers that have sharply limited their power. Around 85 percent of 177 local school unions were recertified by their members through a process…

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Kleefisch attacks collective bargaining in new ad

Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) released a video advertisement on Tuesday attacking collective bargaining rights for public employees. Kleefisch and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are facing the possibility of a recall for their controversial “budget repair bill,” which stripped nearly all collective bargaining rights from public employees. “Here is…

Hundreds protest against proposed Indiana ‘right to work’ law

Hundreds of pro-union activists rallied outside the Indiana statehouse on Tuesday to protest against Republicans’ drive to pass so-called “right-to-work” legislation. The legislation would prohibit union security clauses in union contracts, meaning non-union employees would benefit from collective bargaining agreements without paying union dues. Twenty-two states have similar laws. Republicans…

The ruse is over

As I’m sure you all know, the Republican excuse for the attack on unions in Wisconsin is that this is about “fiscal conservatism”, i.e. they are just trying to put through cuts on teacher compensation in order to save money, and this has nothing to do with an ideological assault…

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