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UPDATE: Wisconsin's Third Largest Teachers Union Decertified on August 31st
MacIver Institute | 9-12-13 | MacIver News Service

Posted on 09/12/2013 6:17:01 PM PDT by bigbob

The Kenosha Education Association (KEA), the state's third largest teachers union, was officially decertified on August 31, 2013 according to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission.

Mark Belling, who broke this story on Thursday, said that the decertification came after a recent vote by members in which only 37 percent voted to reauthorize the union.

KEA is the largest teachers union to disband since Act 10 was signed into law in 2011. The union had 2,400 members according to their website. Act 10 limited collective bargaining rights for public employees and required public unions to have an annual vote to recertify.

Vincent Vernuccio, Director of Labor Policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, told the MacIver News Service, "recertification is needed to keep unions responsible to their members and to allow the change necessary to remove ineffectual representation. It is simply democracy and majority rule."

Vernuccio pointed out that most workers do not have this option across the nation and is thankful that public workers in Wisconsin have this opportunity.

"The teachers simply did not see the value in the representation the union was offering," Vernuccio said.

Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Powers Lake) stood by the reforms in Act 10 and echoed Vernuccio's statement.

"It gives people an opportunity to have a voice," Kerkman said. "People have seen that they don't need the union."

Now that the union has been decertified, it can no longer represent Kenosha Unified School District teachers during any negotiations. It also ends the automatic deduction of union dues on teachers' paychecks.

Teachers can still make voluntary contributions to the decertified union, but the KEA has no official status in Kenosha schools.

Matt Patterson, a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, sees the teachers union disbanding as a big win for taxpayers in Wisconsin.

"Thanks to Scott Walker's courageous and effective reforms, the grip of public sector unions on Wisconsin's public purse continues to loosen, to the benefit of taxpayers and to the detriment of Big Labor bosses," Patterson said.

According to a post on the KEA website on September 5th, five days after its decertification, Executive Director Joe Kiriaki planned to continue negotiating for wages after the Third Friday Count when official staff levels are determined.

"Once the District's enrollment is determined and the actual amount of state aid known, we will be able to sit down with the District and see what can be done about providing some sort of fair wage increase for the teaching staff and ESP's while maintaining a balanced District budget," the post reads.

The post ends saying, "Our continued thanks for your patience, understanding and, most especially, your support."

The MacIver News Service contacted the KEA for comment, but calls were not returned.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: act10; decertification; kea; kenosha; scottwalker; teachersunion; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
Another domino falls in Wisconsin...
1 posted on 09/12/2013 6:17:01 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

Good job Mark.


2 posted on 09/12/2013 6:22:39 PM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: bigbob
"The teachers simply did not see the value in the representation the union was offering," Vernuccio said.

Public union goons across the country are losing sleep over this state and how it is playing out.

Most teachers are good people but are trapped in a system they can't control.

If the law makers give them an option, most will do what the teachers in WI are doing. Way to go Scott Walker.

3 posted on 09/12/2013 6:28:04 PM PDT by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: bigbob

http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2013/09/kenosha-education-association-has-been-decertified-by-members/


4 posted on 09/12/2013 6:28:55 PM PDT by digger48
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To: bigbob; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

More fall out from Act 10 — this is a good thing.

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


5 posted on 09/12/2013 6:30:02 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: bigbob

Aw, those poor little Wisconsin children! What will they do without thug union teachers?


6 posted on 09/12/2013 6:33:59 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: bigbob
Act 10 limited collective bargaining rights for public employees and required public unions to have an annual vote to recertify.

I would love to see this spread to ALL Unions.

7 posted on 09/12/2013 6:35:09 PM PDT by matt04
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To: USS Alaska
Public union goons across the country are losing sleep over this ....

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8 posted on 09/12/2013 6:40:06 PM PDT by digger48
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks bigbob.


9 posted on 09/12/2013 6:51:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: bigbob

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

10 posted on 09/12/2013 7:01:25 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: bigbob

Best news this week! Thanks for the post.


11 posted on 09/12/2013 7:21:09 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: bigbob

And the liberals hate Scott Walker even more.


12 posted on 09/12/2013 7:24:32 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: bigbob

Maybe once teachers are no longer part of a union they’ll start to think like the professionals they’re supposed to be.

Instead of using every sick day and personal day, as most of the younger ones now do, (not all of them, but most of them) they’ll start realizing that they have a responsibility to do their best for the students and for their schools.

Unions bring teachers down to a lowest common denominator by supporting the incompetent ones. If the decertification of the union results in an administrator being able to sit a teacher down and tell him that if he doesn’t shape up he’s gone, you’ll see a lot of shaping up in a hurry. And the best teachers will welcome that change. They don’t like the slackers either, because the good ones are the ones that have to pick up the slack.

All in all, if there was no such thing as a teachers union, teachers would find themselves behaving more professionally across the board and respect for them would return to what it once was. Parents might even start assuming the teacher is right and not their kid once again, the way it used to be.

If I had my way (I don’t), the best teachers would be given additional responsibilities and would make more money than they now do. The bad ones would shape up or be told to find another job. Before Act 10, that was pie in the sky. Now, it’s actually possible. That alone makes it a great law.


13 posted on 09/12/2013 8:03:38 PM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: bigbob

wahoo!


14 posted on 09/12/2013 8:06:06 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: USS Alaska
Way to go Scott Walker.

Worth repeating!

15 posted on 09/12/2013 8:08:54 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: USS Alaska
There's the money quote:

"The teachers simply did not see the value in the representation the union was offering," Vernuccio said.

It always comes down to getting the most utility for your last dollar spent.

16 posted on 09/12/2013 8:12:45 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: bigbob

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ !

Another Commie Union bites the dust !


17 posted on 09/12/2013 8:14:55 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: bigbob
The Kenosha Education Association (KEA)

If they'd formed an International Kenosha Education Association it could have been IKEA..... :-)
18 posted on 09/12/2013 8:44:02 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: bigbob

This is great news!

The WI reforms need to be implemented in every state.


19 posted on 09/12/2013 9:28:18 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"Third largest teachers union..."

One down, two to go..

20 posted on 09/13/2013 4:15:43 AM PDT by ken5050 (According to Dick Lugar, I'm a "random outlier." Woo Hoo!!!!)
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To: phormer phrog phlyer
It'll be like getting a pay raise with no union dues to pay.

I wonder what the monthly dues were?

21 posted on 09/13/2013 5:00:07 AM PDT by dearolddad (/i>)
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To: bigbob

Will Walker be ready to run for POTUS in 2016? ; )


22 posted on 09/14/2013 6:52:18 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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