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  • Federal Court Dismisses Second Act 10 Challenge (WI win!)

    09/11/2013 4:56:39 PM PDT · by bigbob · 11 replies
    In a long-awaited opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin today rejected yet another attack on Act 10 brought by public sector labor unions. The case, Laborers Local 236, AFL-CIO v. Walker, was filed shortly after WEAC v. Walker was filed in the same court, raising some claims not brought in the WEAC case. In the WEAC case, the court held Act 10 unconstitutional in March of 2012, but was reversed the following January by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld Act 10 against all of the unions’ challenges. We have been awaiting a...
  • Christopher Toner: What's at Stake in the Wisconsin Recall Election

    05/19/2012 6:12:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-19-12 | Christopher M. Toner
    Wisconsin's recall election is on, pitting Gov. Scott Walker against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. If Mr. Walker is voted out of office on June 5, what other politician will be willing to step forward to address America's entitlement challenges? Mr. Walker's record is well known: He limited collective bargaining for government labor unions and trimmed health-insurance and pension benefits, bringing them more in line with private business. Organized labor thinks Mr. Walker's reforms should be the end of his career. They argue, first, that public workers just wanted to "have a voice" in their employment. But public-school teachers are more...
  • Class warfare: Teachers union boss on losing streak (WI)

    05/18/2012 6:27:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-17-12 | Scott Reeder
    MADISON — Mary Bell calls herself an “unlikely advocate” — just a Wisconsin Rapids school teacher who heard the call. She speaks with an earnest edge to her voice, hoping to persuade Wisconsinites to the rightness of her cause. The image, of course, is contrived. She is a handsomely paid activist, who is years removed from the classroom. And she heads the state’s most powerful lobbying organization — the Wisconsin Education Association Council. But most Wisconsinites simply call it “the teacher’s union.” Long before Scott Walker came to the statehouse, Bell was a union firebrand. “This is a highly emotional,...
  • Barrett calls union claim 'completely false' (WI)

    04/25/2012 2:35:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-24-12 | Jason Stein
    Madison -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is rejecting a criticism of him made by the state teachers union that he favors expanding school voucher programs. The claim was made in a mailing sent out to members by the Wisconsin Education Association Council, which supports former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk, Barrett’s opponent in the Democratic recall primary for governor. “There are many things in there that are completely false,” Barrett said of the flier. Barrett said he has consistently opposed expansions of the Milwaukee voucher school program because it negatively impacts property taxpayers in Milwaukee. The state program provides taxpayer...
  • Labor debate ups intensity even for low-profile local elections (WI)

    04/02/2012 2:58:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 4-2-12 | Steven Verburg
    Across Wisconsin, typically sleepy elections for local governments and school boards are being enlivened by a debate about how public workers should be treated now that most of their legal union rights have been repealed by Gov. Scott Walker's 2011 budget repair bill. Elected officials in hundreds of municipalities and school districts are rewriting pay scales, benefit plans, work rules and disciplinary procedures as contracts expire, and many public sector workers are upset about what they've lost and worried about the future. "Just because their rights as employees have been trampled on, they aren't going to sit there silently," said...
  • On Eve of Recalls, WEAC Turns to Alinsky Disciples For Community Organizing Help [WI]

    03/15/2012 1:32:57 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | March 15, 2012 | unattributed
    [Madison, Wisconsin] Gearing up for increased political activism on the cusp of a campaign to recall Governor Scott Walker, the State’s teachers’ union is being guided by the philosophy of radical leftist Saul Alinsky, the MacIver News Service has learned. On Friday and Saturday WEAC is sponsoring community organizing training seminars put on by the Industrial Areas Foundation. The IAF is a leftist community organizing network established in 1940 by Saul Alinsky. Alinsky, author of the book Rules for Radicals, remains a controversial political figure many years after his death. Opposed to many of the bloody revolutionary strategies supported by...
  • WEAC failed to poll members in recommending Falk (Dissent within the Recall Ranks)

    02/14/2012 9:44:24 AM PST · by bigbob · 7 replies
    WKOW ^ | 2-12-12 | Tony Galli
    MADISON (WKOW) -- The president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council said her group deviated from its past practice of polling members on election recommendations when it recommended Kathleen Falk in an expected recall election of Governor Walker. But WEAC President Mary Bell told 27 News the campaign timetable in a recall election will be considerably shorter than under normal election circumstances, necessitating the state teachers union's swift action. "It's one of the things that is the hardest about this, because we would like to do this in any or the recall elections," Bell said. "It simply isn't part of...
  • Wisconsin Teachers Revolting Against the Demands of Their Union Bosses

    02/13/2012 11:14:20 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 2-13-12 | Kyle Maichle
    Some rank-and-file members upset with WEAC endorsing a unproven candidate for statewide office who has lost twice already. As Wisconsin taxpayers are faced with an expensive recall election for governor, rank-and-file members of the state’s largest teachers union are fuming mad over the endorsement of a candidate that was hand-picked by their leadership. Kathleen Falk, the former Dane County executive, was endorsed by Wisconsin Education Association Council bosses on Wednesday, with one condition: Uphold a promise to veto the budget reforms instituted by Gov. Scott Walker. Hours after the endorsement, a petition on change.org was created to demand that the...
  • Union leaders urge Barrett not to run in recall race

    12/24/2011 4:17:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-23-11 | Daniel Bice
    Leaders of the state's largest teachers union and the state employees union met privately with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett this week to discourage him from running in possible recall election next year against Gov. Scott Walker. But Barrett rebuffed the union bosses. According to an email obtained by No Quarter, Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell, WEAC Executive Director Dan Burkhalter and other top union officials had a face-to-face meeting with the Democratic mayor on Monday to discuss the potential Walker recall race. "Despite attempts to communicate the issues you laid out very clearly in our meeting on Saturday,...
  • Citing Gableman, Dane County DA might renew case against anti-union law

    12/23/2011 6:12:53 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    Associated Propaganda ^ | 12-22-11 | Scott Bauer
    The district attorney who filed a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's law passed this year effectively ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers said Thursday he is considering asking the state Supreme Court to rehear the case. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told the Associated Press he was looking at making the request after learning that Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman had received free legal services from a firm that defended the law in that case decided in June. Gableman was part of a four-justice majority that upheld the law, which generated massive opposition protests and made Wisconsin the center...
  • Unions spent $6.3 million to Lobby Against Walker Bill (WI)

    09/17/2011 9:43:27 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 16 replies
    JS Online ^ | September 15, 2011 | Scott Bauer
    Madison - The top four spenders on lobbying the Legislature during the first half of 2011 were labor unions fighting against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to curb collective bargaining, a report released Thursday showed. The four unions spent $6.3 million in the first six months of the year, the Government Accountability Board reported. Walker introduced his plan in February and the Republican-controlled Legislature passed it in March. The unions helped organize rallies at the Capitol in protest over the bill that grew as large as 100,000 people. The debate, which captured the nation's attention, also spurred Democratic senators to leave...
  • WEAC has its own union troubles [WI teachers' union]

    09/12/2011 9:50:25 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Sept. 12, 2011 10:35 p.m. | Daniel Bice
    Wisconsin's largest teachers union has a problem. A union problem. This week, National Support Organization, which bills itself as the world's largest union of union staffers, posted an online notice discouraging its members from seeking work with the Wisconsin Education Association Council. "Don't apply for WEAC vacancies!" screams the headline. The reason for the boycott? Chuck Agerstrand, president of the National Support Organization, is accusing WEAC officials of "breaching staff contracts and destroying any working relationship with its employees." "WEAC management is taking a page out of Gov. (Scott) Walker's playbook and making up new employment rules not in the...
  • Members chipped in $23.4 million to WEAC in 2008 union dues (Where did the WI teacher union due go?)

    07/23/2011 9:27:23 AM PDT · by OldCountryBoy · 11 replies
    Lakeland Times ^ | 7/1/2011 | Richard Moore
    With the practice of paying forced union dues soon to become a relic of the past for many public employees, officials of the Wisconsin Education Association Council have reportedly contacted members in a bid to convince them to continue paying up through automatic bank withdrawals. That's not surprising because the revenue stream the state's largest teachers' union is trying to protect is substantial. In fact, the organization collected more than $23.4 million in membership dues in fiscal year 2009 from its approximately 98,000 members. The numbers are included on WEAC's IRS forms for the year. Fiscal year 2009 was the...
  • Shelly Moore Caught Campaigning on Taxpayer Dime, RPW Requests Investigation (WI recall [D])

    06/22/2011 2:55:20 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies
    wisgop.org ^ | June 22, 2011 | katie.mccallum
    [Madison] - The Republican Party of Wisconsin filed a verified complaint with the Government Accountability Board today against Shelly Moore for knowingly violating state law by using taxpayer funded resources for political activity. Moore, a public school teacher and WEAC union leader, is challenging incumbent candidate Sheila Harsdorf in the 10th senate district recall election. Several overtly political emails were turned over to the Republican Party of Wisconsin following an open records request into Moore’s official Ellsworth School District email account. Moore explicitly states in one exchange: “We’re not supposed to use school email, but since all of our rights...
  • WI - Unions file suit to halt collective bargaining legislation (in Federal Court)

    06/15/2011 1:33:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 117 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal ^ | 6/15/11 | Don Walker
    Madison - One day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of collective-bargaining legislation that potentially affects thousands of public-sector employees, a coalition of unions filed suit in federal court seeking to block it.The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO on Wednesday joined a number of other unions seeking to halt Gov. Scott Walker's controversial collective bargaining legislation.The groups include the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 24, AFSCME Council 40, AFSCME Council 48, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the Wisconsin State Employees Union, The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and the Service...
  • Blue Corruption puts Wisconsin in Red

    03/10/2011 3:49:36 PM PST · by rhema · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 10, 2011 | Terry Heinrichs
    Wisconsin's ongoing crisis is exposing the channeling of taxpayer money to unions, and thence to Democrats. Taxpayers are being swindled by a system in which their interests come second. Though there are currently moves afoot to alter some of the procedural details contained in Governor Walker's Budget Repair Bill, nothing of any substance has emerged thus far as the Democrat "fleebaggers" are still camped out in Rahmland and show no evidence of returning to Wisconsin to vote on the bill. The budget, which Walker believes is critical if fiscal sanity is to be injected into an out-of-control spending process, also...
  • BOMB THREAT At Scott Walker News Conference – Leftist Protester Arrested!

    03/04/2011 2:39:01 PM PST · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 141 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Mar 4, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare under state statute 947.015. He was released on a $3,000 signature bond. On Wednesday a bomb threat was made at an aviation business in Eau Claire just hours after Governor Scott Walker spoke there. Police brought in a man who was protesting this week against the Republican governor. The Pierce County Herald reported: An investigation continues into a bomb threat made this week at an aviation business in Eau Claire, just hours after Governor Scott Walker held a...
  • Wisconsin Officials Rush to Walker-Proof Their Benefits

    03/03/2011 6:33:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 75 replies
    national review ^ | 3/3/11 | Christian Schneider
    Just days after Gov. Scott Walker introduced his budget repair bill, public-sector-union leaders said they would accept Walker’s financial demands as long as he kept collective bargaining intact. However, in the time bought by the flight of 14 Democratic state senators, local governments have been quickly adopting new contracts in advance of Walker’s bill becoming law. In effect, the unions are spraying their benefits with Walker repellent. (In fact, an investigative report shows that there may have been collusion between the missing state senators and City of Madison officials to delay the bill so contracts could be signed.) Three days...
  • Buying Wisconsin Politicians: $11 million in PAC spending by WI Teachers' union since 2000.

    02/26/2011 8:23:05 AM PST · by sbMKE · 14 replies
    WEAC PAC Spending - Consistently #1 in all elections - far surpassing all other PACs combined ($11,449,803 since 2000 - All on Democrat candidates.). 2010 Wisconsin Election Cycle - Total Spending: $1,599,094.00 http://www.wisdc.org/index.php?module=wisdc.websiteforms&cmd=pacspending&year=2010&pac=500189 2009 Spring Elections - Spent: $564,993 In the 2009 race for state school superintendent, WEAC supported candidate Tony Evers over Rose Fernandez, Lowell Holtz, Van Mobley and Todd Price. On March 24 WEAC also reported spending nearly $16,000 on brochures and mailings to support Evers and to oppose Fernandez. http://www.wisdc.org/ind09pacs.php 2008 Fall Elections - Total Spending: $2,099,984 Direct PAC contributions to 2008 candidates 2007-2008: $39,531 Minimum conduit...
  • WI TEACHERS UNION (WEAC) WASTES HALF BILLION DOLLARS ON HEALTH INS FOR WI TEACHERS

    02/24/2011 5:58:19 AM PST · by ADSUM · 8 replies
    WI POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE REPORT VOL 13 ^ | DEC 2000 | DR MARK BROWNE PHD
    Here is a report from 2000 that shows the waste of WEAC of at least $ 50 million a year times 10+ years === 1/2 billion dollars. According to Gov Walker this excess cost is now $68 million per year. WEAC controls 85% of teacher health insurance without competition. http://www.wpri.org/Reports/Volume13/Vol13no8.pdf page 20 The market for teachers’health insurance in Wisconsin is characterized by several traits. The health insurance is determined through the collective bargaining process. The health insurance plans provided by the districts are rarely put out to bid. The WEAInsurance Corporation, an entity affiliated with the state’s largest teachers union,...
  • BECKNER: Teachers’ rights muzzled in union debate

    02/23/2011 5:51:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 23, 2011 | Gary Beckner
    Professional educators deserve a choice of whether to join There’s no doubt that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his proposals have initiated a long-overdue dialogue about state budget crises and the role public-sector unions play. The upheaval in Wisconsin appears to be the beginning of a domino effect for about a half-dozen states looking to rein in spending and give public school teachers a greater choice about whether or not to join a union. Union members, including many teachers, have been crowding the statehouse in Madison to protest proposed legislative changes. Union leaders, however, are focused less on teachers paying...
  • Follow the Money: What the Wisconsin Education Association Isn’t Talking About

    02/23/2011 7:29:31 AM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Big Government dot com ^ | 2-22-11 | Labor Union Report
    As Americans, we’re often taught that trusts and monopolies are the product of big business and are bad. However, if trusts and monopolies are bad when Big Business engages in monopolistic ways, why isn’t it bad when Big Labor engages in the same sort of behaviors that are condemned when committed by Big Business? For over a week now, the nation has watched tens of thousands march in protest to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget plan. Democrat lawmakers (aka Fleebaggers) have fled the state in order to avoid doing their duty, while Obama’s OFA has bussed in the astroturf from...
  • Wisconsin Teachers Union owns health insurance company - collectively bargained for.

    02/21/2011 11:29:17 AM PST · by sbMKE · 41 replies
    PublicSchoolSpending.com ^ | Fall 2010 | Education Action Group / MacIver Institute
    Here are a few simple, startling facts for anyone concerned about the financial condition of Wisconsin public schools: WEA Trust, an insurance company established and closely associated with the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), siphons millions of crucial dollars from K-12 schools and their students every year. WEA Trust has grown very fat on public school dollars, with a net worth of $316 million and a team of 12 administrators all receiving compensation packages worth six figures per year. Sadly, this insurance swindle is endorsed by state law. We at Education Action Group believe it’s time for the citizens of...
  • Protesting Teachers Could Reap $6 Million from Taxpayers to Attend Rallies

    02/21/2011 7:29:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 23 replies
    MacIver News Service ^ | 2/21/2011 | MacIver News Service
    [Madison, Wisc...] As Milwaukee Public School teachers left their classrooms to march in Madison Friday, they likely earned more than $3 million to not teach students in Wisconsin’s largest school district. In Madison, the school district was closed for three days after hundreds of teachers engaged in a mass sick-out so they could attend protest rallies at the State Capitol. That could cost the district $2.7 million. Late Sunday night Madison Metropolitan School District administration announced their schools would be shut down yet one more day, at a possible cost of more than $900,000. Many of absent teachers converged on the Capitol to protest...
  • (Wisconsin teacher) Union president calls for teachers to return to classrooms Monday

    MADISON – The head of the state’s largest teachers union is calling on all teachers to return to the classroom Monday, unless their contract gives them a day off for Presidents Day. Mary Bell of the Wisconsin Education Association Council made her comments in a teleconference with reporters Sunday afternoon. Asked if her call applies to the rest of the week, Bell said: ”We are speaking about Monday and Tuesday. I have no idea where things will be next week, but we are saying it is time for teachers to be back in classrooms with their students ... Whatever comes...
  • Reading, 'riting, 'rithmatic and labor? Bill would require it

    12/10/2007 12:52:25 PM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 24 replies · 65+ views
    Twin Cities.com ^ | 12/09/07 | Scott Bauer for AP
    MADISON, Wis.—Reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic and organized labor? The three Rs would be joined by mandatory instruction on collective bargaining and the history of unions in America under a proposal being considered in the Wisconsin Legislature. Labor unions are all for it. School groups aren't. The bill, by Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, would require every school board to incorporate the history of organized labor and the collective bargaining process into its curriculum. It's appalling how little high school graduates know about unions and labor history, said David Nack with the Wisconsin Labor History Society. A law is needed because...
  • Dem Leadership Campaign Cttee: Laundry?

    08/15/2003 5:38:35 AM PDT · by ninenot · 4 replies · 178+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 8/15/02 | Steven Walters
    Most state donations came back, report says D.C. Democratic group laundered funds, it says By STEVEN WALTERSswalters@journalsentinel.com Last Updated: Aug. 14, 2003 Madison - Wisconsin unions and businesses gave $1.3 million to a national Democratic Party committee, which then returned much of it to an organization prosecutors say Sen. Chuck Chvala illegally ran to skirt state campaign-finance laws, a new report released Thursday charged.Using new Internal Revenue Service data, the non-partisan group Common Cause in Wisconsin was able for the first time to list donations from Wisconsin - including $430,000 from the state's largest teachers union - to the Democratic...