Friday, March 11, 2011

Wisconsin Union Protests - #2711 - Gov. Walker Signs Bill Stripping Unions of Collective Bargaining (2) Opinion: Scott Walker - Why I'm Fighting in Wisconsin - Wall Street Journal

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Friday that takes away most collective bargaining for state employees on Friday. The state Assembly passed the bill Thursday after the Senate approved it Wednesday without 14 AWOL Democrats. The vote in the Senate followed more than three weeks of dramatic protests that clogged the streets, hallways and meeting rooms of the Capitol.  Walker has notified public employee unions that he's rescinding notices he sent last week that could have resulted in 1,500 layoffs. Walker said the layoffs would not be necessary since the bill, which includes $30 million in concessions from state employees, had passed.

Opinion: Gov. Scott Walker - Why I'm Fighting the Unions - Wall Street Journal -  We can avoid mass teacher layoffs and reward our best performers. But we have to act now.
In 2010, Megan Sampson was named an Outstanding First Year Teacher in Wisconsin. A week later, she got a layoff notice from the Milwaukee Public Schools. Why would one of the best new teachers in the state be one of the first let go? Because her collective-bargaining contract requires staffing decisions to be made based on seniority. Ms. Sampson got a layoff notice because the union leadership would not accept reasonable changes to their contract. Instead, they hid behind a collective-bargaining agreement that costs the taxpayers $101,091 per year for each teacher, protects a 0% contribution for health-insurance premiums, and forces schools to hire and fire based on seniority and union rules. Read more.......

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