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Wisconsin Gov. seeks to eliminate collective bargaining for faculty, others

Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s newly elected Republican governor announced a sweeping plan that would cut benefits for state employees, including those in the University of Wisconsin system, and eradicate the collective-bargaining rightsthat academic employees won just two years ago.

The proposal by Gov. Scott Walker aims to plug a large hole in his state’s budget by stripping state workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights, cutting pay and benefits and saying there will be no negotiations.

“We stand in solidarity with our colleagues in Wisconsin,” said CFA President Lillian Taiz. “It is important that unionized faculty in California see what our peers face across the country and stand in support of ourselves and our profession as we face budget and bargaining pressures here at home.”

If that weren’t enough, last week Walker took things a step further by announcing he has alerted the National Guard to be ready in case state workers strike or protest. He told the Associated Press he’s been working on this contingency plan for months.

The last time the National Guard was used against public workers was the Memphis sanitation strike in 1968, just before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The last time the Guard was called out in Wisconsin to quell a labor dispute was the 1934 Kohler strike by the UAW.

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