Category Archives: Collective bargaining

The continued marketization of UW-Madison.

This article has been cross-posted from the The Education Optimists at the request of the author. – Ed. Last year, I wrote extensively about efforts led by former Chancellor Biddy Martin and her administration, donors, and alumni to privatize (or … Continue reading

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Keep collective bargaining and the civil service system at UW-Madison.

A year ago, thousands of UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff marched to the Capitol to oppose Governor Walker’s radical attempts to destroy Wisconsin’s 50-year tradition of collective bargaining. Today, the Governor faces a recall, and a federal court has struck … Continue reading

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Do UW employees need a representative organization?

Do UW employees need a representative organization in addition to the existing governance institutions? What would be the primary objectives of the organization?  How would this organization evolve? A group of faculty and staff met last Saturday afternoon to discuss … Continue reading

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Invitation to planning discussion: Building an effective organization for faculty and staff.

The following event is likely to be of interest to S&W readers – Ed. Save the date! Saturday, Sept 24 — 10 AM- 3 PM Building an Effective Organization for Faculty and Staff If you read Sifting and Winnowing then … Continue reading

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A graduate student asks, what does Budget Repair Bill really mean for us?

On June 15, 2011, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled to lift Judge Sumi’s injunction on the Budget Repair Bill giving the state the go-ahead to implement the bill as law.  During the protests of February through May, people came together … Continue reading

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Politics and UW-Madison: Confronting the new reality

It is easy — indeed, it is natural after a series of crises to mistake a momentary calm for a return to normalcy. We, of course, want the threats to subside and to return to the way things once were … Continue reading

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UW System pulls plug on all employee organizations

On Thursday, UW System notified all UW employee organizations that it would stop collecting dues effective in August. This will affect PROFS, ASPRO, WUU, and the Council for Supervisory Non-Classified Staff as well as the unions (AFSCME, TAA, etc.). (Note: … Continue reading

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TAA Opposes New Badger Partnership and the formation of UW-Madison as a Public Authority

The following press release was issued today (March 21, 2011)  by the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA): At a meeting Sunday, March 20, 2011, the general membership of the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) approved a motion to oppose the New Badger … Continue reading

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More damaging aspects of the “budget repair bill.”

There’s something paradoxical about a creature called a ‘budget repair bill’ wreaking massive damage on the state, but that’s where we’re at.  The previous poster here at S&W raised the key issue of what BESIDES collective bargaining is in the … Continue reading

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What ELSE is in the budget repair bill? One example: gutting of ALL benefits for LTEs

Now that the “fillibuster” by the Democratic Senators bought us some time to carefully read the so-called budget repair bill, it is time highlight other egregious items with far reaching consequences beyond just the collective bargaining issue. 

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