Skip to comments.WEAC (Largest Wisconsin Teachers Union) issues layoff notices to 40% of staff
Posted on 08/15/2011 11:07:59 AM PDT by UB355
WEAC issues layoff notices to 40% of staff By Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 15, 2011 12:02 p.m. |(114) Comments
Layoff notices have been issued to about 40% of the Wisconsin Education Association Council workforce, a total of 42 employees who work for the state's largest teachers union, Executive Director Dan Burkhalter confirmed Monday.
Burkhalter said that the layoffs and other budget cuts at WEAC are a result of Gov. Scott Walker's "union-busting" legislation.
Right now were engaged in membership continuation campaigns," Burkhalter said in a statement. "Weve made steady progress in signing up members and we anticipate further progress will be made as the school year resumes. Despite budget cuts and layoffs, our goal remains the same: to be a strong and viable organization that represents the voices of Wisconsins public school employees.
The organization has been working to stay relevant in a time when state legislation has severely clipped the collective bargaining rights of teachers and other public workers. The legislation makes it illegal for local teachers unions to electronically deduct dues from the payroll of teachers, and local unions also have to hold re-certification votes.
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards estimates that about 275 school districts in the state are working outside of collective bargaining agreements and subject to the new legislation. About 150 or so districts are operating under contracts that were extended with their respective unions before the legislation passed.
That’s great news. A small start, but good none the less. Now they’ll have more time to storm the capital.
Sounds like a good start.
Imagine that. They’re having trouble getting union members to voluntarily send in union dues.
THIS was the reason for the ferocity of their battle against Walker.
Had the unions not blown all that money on recalls, those people would not have to be laid off.
Now that they're no longer employees of the union, they might not care about storming the capitol. They might need to stay at whatever job (Walmart) they can get.
Layoffs are announced the day before two Dem recall elections.
I imagine that the layoffs won’t even be followed through with, regardless of who wins. This is a political announcement, and that’s it.
Their unwavering support for big spending pols has finally cost these unions. Excuse me while I cry. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
This clearly tells what a slush fund the WEA Health Insurance Fund was.
Cutting 40% of the staff is a big deal.
Way to go Walker!!!!
Spent the budget on the recalls and got burned! I love it!
Good point. They’re playing the victim card as a political tactic.
No, this isn’t a small start. This is a great start. If you read the article, it says that they are busy signing members. That means that they must re-do their membership sign-ups in order to collect the dues.
This is going to be fun to watch.
99 weeks to be exact.
That is my thought
The layoffs are being blamed on the governor but are actually the result of mismanagement of union funds by the unions
I heard they unions spent about $35 million on the recall
Why don’t they ask the wealthy union members to pay more of their fair share, afterall, isn;t that what he president telling us?
Oh, c'mon! They're union-quality people! I'm sure they can be trained to say "Do you want fries with that?"
Perfect jobs to 'ship overseas' . Two WI Democrat recall elections on Tuesday, just winning one would crush liberals moral.
Nice to hear that union LEACHES are finally getting the Ax.
Welcome to the REAL world.
- Imagine that. Theyre having trouble getting union members to voluntarily send in union dues.
When you sever the root, the weed dies ... but not without a fight.
In the long run, the garden prospers.
Just my 2 cents.
and the lack of funds could not have anything to do with the millions of dollars the teachers union pumped into the recent elections, could it?????
If all the union’s members across Wisconsin would just donate five dollars a week, all these folks could keep their jobs.
But then libs never want to part with their OWN money.
Exactly the union bet on the Supreme Court election recount and the recall elections and lost again !!!
Funny thing is they were dead set agains the State laying off anyone because they were broke, so what do they do when they get broke??????? They lay off people.
When the shoe is on the other foot it doesn’t fit so well.
“Had the unions not blown all that money on recalls, those people would not have to be laid off.”
That is probably much closer to the truth than the reason they are citing.
This is the week they stop auto-deduction from paychecks for union dues.
” Perfect jobs to ‘ship overseas’ “
That $35 million the unions blew on their failed recall efforts would have paid a lot of union salaries. Oh, well....
Only 40%? Oh well... It’s a start.
Do the fast food joints really have 6 month training periods? Things sure have changed since I was a high school burger flipper! (McDonald’s, $0.15 hamburgers).
Likin’ them there Wisconsinites more and more every day...
” Dumbasses spent $30 million on those recall elections.
Maybe they could have kept some teachers employed with that money.
These people are parasites. “
Uh....more like gangster scum.
And the schools won’t even miss a beat.
I bet they are glad they spent all that money on the recall elections.
Naturally, the reporter blames Walker and ignores all the money the unions wasted on recall elections.
I thought the state was supposed to be heavily Leftist, Democrat. I’ve been taken aback by the events up there.
” Only 40%? Oh well... Its a start. “
Kinda like 5000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean : )
“Theyre playing the victim card as a political tactic.”
Most people would be cheering Gov. Walker and the Republicans for a job well done after learning of the layoffs—NOT changing their mind to vote democrat!
And no managers got laid off, They probably gave themselves a raise for improving efficiency.
The irony is so rich. The union is running out of money, so they cut 40% of their workforce. But the state and school districts aren’t supposed to do the same thing when they are running out of money.
“...state was supposed to be heavily Leftist, Democrat. ..”
Evidently, it...USED TO BE! Now, it seems, it AIN’T! And Hale’s smilin’ at the libs freaking out about it...
They passed Concealed Carry there too, which is making the libs lose what little minds they have left.
Are the employees of the WEAC uniomize, like most other union employee workers denied that right.
As it turns out, most of the membership dues go to pay the organization's salaries and benefits, some of which are quite extravagant.
For example, according to its 2009 fiscal year IRS form, the organization employed 151 people and paid them $14,382,812. That's an average compensation total of $95,250 per employee.
But high-ranking union officials were doing much better than that. For instance, Dan Burkhalter, WEAC executive director, was raking in $242,807, with $177,366 in wages; government relations director Robert Burke hauled in $189,505, with wages of $128,428; information and communications technology director Nathan Harper made $189,528, with wages of $129,221; financial and membership services director Jane Oberdorf made $188,164, with wages of $131,328; affiliate relations director Robert Baxter was paid $186,461, with wages of $127,774; and collective bargaining director Daniel Holub made $165,112, with wages of $110,534.
And what about WEAC president Mary Bell, the union's public persona, who describes herself as a teacher from Wisconsin Rapids? She made $173,466, with wages of $138,031. That's on par with Gov. Scott Walker's salary of $144,423.
All totaled, those seven employees collected $1,335,043, with wages of $942,682.
Understand this. The State of Wisconsin had required that the local school boards deduct the teachers union dues from their checks and forward the money to the union. This practice has been stopped which requires the union to persuade the teachers to remit their dues to their union out of their pocket.