AFT-Wisconsin member and Marine veteran calls on Scott Walker to apologize

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."

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AFT-Wisconsin members and leaders rally, testify against latest attack on unions

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.

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UW-Milwaukee Union and Community Members Mobilize to Defend UW System

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 henn@aft-wisconsin.org.

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UW System Viability, Academic Freedom Facing Serious Threat from Walker Budget Proposals

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.”

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Welcome to the Indiana Federation of Teachers, AFT/AFL-CIO

 

Dear IFT Members:
 
I saw where Gov. Mitch Daniels and his cronies are boasting about their $2.2 billion budget surplus.  You and I know where it came from.  The vast majority of their windfall came from the pockets of working men and women, public education, and social services.
 
Once again these actions beg the question: What are you willing to do about it?  Are you going to throw up your hands and simply accept what they have done to public education or are you willing to stand up and fight for what you believe in and have dedicated your life to?  Together, in a unified act of solidarity, we can reverse the harm that has been done in the Statehouse.
 
Will it be easy?  No!  But it will be better than accepting and working under the devastating blows that were leveled on us by the last two legislative sessions.  We must make sure that we do the following:
1.    be registered to vote,
2.    make sure all family members are registered,
3.    study the positions or voting records of those seeking office,
4.    vote,
5.    work hard for candidates that will support public education, and
6.    work hard to defeat incumbents that voted to harm us.
 
We would all be shocked if we knew how many of our union brothers and sisters in public education and other unions:
1.    are not registered to vote,
2.    were registered, but did not vote, or
3.    voted, but voted for those that harmed us.
 
I implore you to get involved and work hard to elect those candidates that will reverse the harm that has been inflected on you and your families.  Call your local leadership and ask what you can do.  Your future and the future of public education are at stake.
 
In Solidarity,
Rick
President, IFT
 
P.S.  What are you going to do with your $100 tax credit? I’m going to give mine to John Gregg for Governor (http://www.greggforgovernor.com/) and Glenda Ritz for Supt. of Public Instruction (http://www.ritz4ed.com/).

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