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WEAC (Largest Wisconsin Teachers Union) issues layoff notices to 40% of staff
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | August 15, 2011 | Erin Richards

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 we’re engaged in membership continuation campaigns," Burkhalter said in a statement. "We’ve 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 Wisconsin’s 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: teachersunion; unions; wisconsin; wisconsinrecall; wisconsinshowdown
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1 posted on 08/15/2011 11:08:09 AM PDT by UB355
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To: UB355

That’s great news. A small start, but good none the less. Now they’ll have more time to storm the capital.


2 posted on 08/15/2011 11:09:52 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: UB355

Sounds like a good start.


3 posted on 08/15/2011 11:10:14 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: UB355

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.


4 posted on 08/15/2011 11:12:21 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: UB355

Had the unions not blown all that money on recalls, those people would not have to be laid off.


5 posted on 08/15/2011 11:12:27 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: No Socialist
Now they’ll have more time to storm the capital.

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.

6 posted on 08/15/2011 11:13:53 AM PDT by tpmintx (The people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who VOTE for a living.)
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To: UB355

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.


7 posted on 08/15/2011 11:14:41 AM PDT by Carling (At some point, those surrounding Obama have to realize that they are working for a psychopath)
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To: UB355

Their unwavering support for big spending pols has finally cost these unions. Excuse me while I cry. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!


8 posted on 08/15/2011 11:15:51 AM PDT by Buck-I-Guy
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To: UB355

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!!!!


9 posted on 08/15/2011 11:16:04 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: UB355

Spent the budget on the recalls and got burned! I love it!


10 posted on 08/15/2011 11:17:35 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Carling

Good point. They’re playing the victim card as a political tactic.


11 posted on 08/15/2011 11:17:52 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: No Socialist

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.


12 posted on 08/15/2011 11:18:12 AM PDT by Eva
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To: No Socialist

99 weeks to be exact.


13 posted on 08/15/2011 11:19:07 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: UB355
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 horror!

14 posted on 08/15/2011 11:19:49 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Night Hides Not

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


15 posted on 08/15/2011 11:20:27 AM PDT by silverleaf (The super rich do not pay taxes, they collect taxes.)
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To: UB355

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?


16 posted on 08/15/2011 11:20:50 AM PDT by Dacula (I reject Satan and Obama)
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17 posted on 08/15/2011 11:21:01 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: tpmintx
They might need to stay at whatever job (Walmart) they can get.

Oh, c'mon! They're union-quality people! I'm sure they can be trained to say "Do you want fries with that?"

18 posted on 08/15/2011 11:22:27 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: UB355; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; NFHale; ...
RE :"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. "

Perfect jobs to 'ship overseas' . Two WI Democrat recall elections on Tuesday, just winning one would crush liberals moral.

19 posted on 08/15/2011 11:22:35 AM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: UB355

Nice to hear that union LEACHES are finally getting the Ax.

Welcome to the REAL world.


20 posted on 08/15/2011 11:22:47 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: listenhillary

- Imagine that. They’re 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.


21 posted on 08/15/2011 11:22:47 AM PDT by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: UB355
Dumbasses spent $30 million on those recall elections.

Maybe they could have kept some teachers employed with that money.

These people are parasites.

22 posted on 08/15/2011 11:22:58 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: UB355

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?????


23 posted on 08/15/2011 11:23:40 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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24 posted on 08/15/2011 11:24:33 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: UB355

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.

Solidarity! /s


25 posted on 08/15/2011 11:25:18 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: joe fonebone

Exactly the union bet on the Supreme Court election recount and the recall elections and lost again !!!


26 posted on 08/15/2011 11:26:16 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

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.


27 posted on 08/15/2011 11:26:28 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Night Hides Not

“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.


28 posted on 08/15/2011 11:26:29 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: UB355

This is the week they stop auto-deduction from paychecks for union dues.


29 posted on 08/15/2011 11:26:42 AM PDT by Crawdad
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To: sickoflibs; UB355; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; NFHale; ...

” Perfect jobs to ‘ship overseas’ “

LOLOL!!

How true!


30 posted on 08/15/2011 11:30:58 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: UB355

That $35 million the unions blew on their failed recall efforts would have paid a lot of union salaries. Oh, well....


31 posted on 08/15/2011 11:32:48 AM PDT by kevao
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To: sickoflibs

Only 40%? Oh well... It’s a start.


33 posted on 08/15/2011 11:35:24 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (The Destroyer is anti-US, the West, Christian, Israel, banks, W.S., Corps, & the free enterpr systm.)
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To: COBOL2Java

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).


34 posted on 08/15/2011 11:35:53 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker; sickoflibs; UB355; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; ...

Likin’ them there Wisconsinites more and more every day...


35 posted on 08/15/2011 11:35:57 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

” 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.


36 posted on 08/15/2011 11:36:32 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: UB355

And the schools won’t even miss a beat.


37 posted on 08/15/2011 11:37:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: UB355

I bet they are glad they spent all that money on the recall elections.


38 posted on 08/15/2011 11:38:53 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: UB355

Naturally, the reporter blames Walker and ignores all the money the unions wasted on recall elections.


39 posted on 08/15/2011 11:42:05 AM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: NFHale

I thought the state was supposed to be heavily Leftist, Democrat. I’ve been taken aback by the events up there.

Excellent.


40 posted on 08/15/2011 11:42:24 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (The Destroyer is anti-US, the West, Christian, Israel, banks, W.S., Corps, & the free enterpr systm.)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter
This clearly tells what a slush fund the WEA Health Insurance Fund was.

WEA Trust is sitting on $400 million in cash. Watch WEAC turn on the spigot from it's 'separate entity' golden goose. For the benefit of the execs, not the poor schlubs they just let go.
41 posted on 08/15/2011 11:43:28 AM PDT by Daus
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To: DoughtyOne; NFHale; sickoflibs

” Only 40%? Oh well... It’s a start. “

Kinda like 5000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean : )


42 posted on 08/15/2011 11:44:36 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: listenhillary

“They’re 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!


43 posted on 08/15/2011 11:45:03 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: silverleaf
“mismanagement of union funds “

And no managers got laid off, They probably gave themselves a raise for improving efficiency.

44 posted on 08/15/2011 11:45:48 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: UB355

Hold on. I don't understand this. Has their membership declined? Have their contributions diminished? Oh, you mean the dip in their income level is the result of them no longer being able to fleece school districts? Because schools are now able to seek competitive bids, they must now produce a reasonable service at a reasonable rate and compete? You mean free market and competition are successful means to keeping cost to consumers down? Why ... that just doesn't jive with what they've been telling us. Yikes ... that means they have been living high off the hog riding the backs of an oppressed class of society all this time. How very ... socialist.


45 posted on 08/15/2011 11:46:44 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: UB355

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.


46 posted on 08/15/2011 11:47:12 AM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: DoughtyOne

“...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.

Delicious!


47 posted on 08/15/2011 11:47:52 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: UB355

Are the employees of the WEAC uniomize, like most other union employee workers denied that right.


48 posted on 08/15/2011 11:49:24 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Here is where the WEAC tax-payer money went in 2009. $24 million in dues, and $18,800 out in "scholarships". The rest of the money went to staff salaries and campaign donations.

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Members chipped in $23.4 million to WEAC in 2008 union dues Dues pay exorbitant union salaries; WEAC awarded just $18,850 in scholarships out of $24 million budget

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.

49 posted on 08/15/2011 11:50:50 AM PDT by Carling (At some point, those surrounding Obama have to realize that they are working for a psychopath)
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To: so_real

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.


50 posted on 08/15/2011 11:56:26 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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