When Scott Walker compared 100,000 peaceful protestors - teachers, parents, police officers, fire fighters, students, nurses, and more - to the terrorists in ISIS, it hit home for William Schuth, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a member of AFT local 3220, the UW-Madison Teaching Assistants' Association. William has created a petition calling on Walker to apologize for his remarks: "Gov. Walker, veterans and service members who risked their lives to fight terrorism deserve better than that. Americans who speak up for their rights deserve better than that. Please, Gov. Walker, show some courage: publicly take ownership of your disrespectful comments and apologize."
Scores of AFT-Wisconsin members joined the thousands of Wisconsinites that converged on the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 24, to protest legislation designed to weaken private sector unions. (Be sure to check out our post on what you can do to stop so-called "right to work" legislation!) And while union members and community supporters rallied outside, many more were making their voices heard inside the Capitol, registering their opposition to the bill, offering testimony about why it's wrong for Wisconsin, and holding a Solidarity Singalong in the rotunda.
Allain Daigle, a member of the Milwaukee Graduate Assistants' Association, created this moving short film in response to attempts by the UW-Milwaukee administration to stifle protest and political discussion on campus.
Members of the Milwaukee Graduate Assistants' Association (AFT local 2169) and The Association of University of Wisconsin Professionals (AFT local 3535) gathered last night with other faculty, staff, students, and community members to defend the UW System against Scott Walker's proposed $300 million budget cut, partial privatization, and attacks on shared governance and tenure. (Read AFT-Wisconsin's press release on Walker's attacks here.) Union members and community allies across the state are mobilizing in opposition to these attacks, which threaten the quality and viability of the UW System as a home for world-class education and research. To find out what's happening in your area and get involved, contact AFT-Wisconsin Leadership Development Director Rob Henn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madison, WI: Massive budget cuts and fundamental structural changes to the UW System proposed by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker today will lead to a significant reduction in the quality of education for UW System students, AFT-Wisconsin members and leaders predicted. “Scott Walker’s proposal to slash $300 million from the University of Wisconsin System shows that he’s willing to do just about anything as he puts his presidential ambitions above the needs of Wisconsin,” said AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas, a teacher in the Superior School District, in response to Walker’s plan. “He’s scrambling to find money to pay for his irresponsible tax cuts for his wealthy donors, and Wisconsin’s college students will have to pay the price. These cuts to the UW System will almost certainly threaten the ability of current students to graduate on time, and will damage, perhaps irrevocably, the ability of the UW System to attract and retain the best faculty and staff.”