The AAUP and AFT-Wisconsin stand together in condemning the attacks on higher education that the Wisconsin Legislature included in its biennial budget, which Governor Walker signed into law last Monday. We call on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and the UW System and campus-level administrations to work with their faculty and academic staff to reconstitute the language previously included in Chapter 36 into system-wide and campus policies.
Madison, WI: Statement from AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas, a teacher in the Superior School District, on Scott Walker’s announcement of his presidential campaign:
Governor Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-17 budget for the state of Wisconsin, introduced earlier this year, was jam-packed with shameful attacks on working Wisconsinites. Since then, Republican majorities on the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) have been finding ways to make a bad budget even worse. Now that the JFC has wrapped up budget deliberations, its budget proposal will be taken up by the state Senate and Assembly, then head to Governor Walker’s desk for his signature. Here's what AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas had to say:
Madison, WI: Responding to the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee’s expected vote to slash $250 million in UW System funding and remove legislative protections for academic freedom and shared governance, union members in the UW System condemned the funding cuts and called on System and campus administrations to protect academic freedom. “Today’s move by JFC Republicans to pay for Scott Walker’s tax breaks for his wealthy donors by slashing public education is shameful,” said Eleni Schirmer, a UW-Madison graduate student and co-president of the Teaching Assistants’ Association, AFT local 3220.
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.”
January 9, 2014
AFT-Wisconsin issued a press release on the appointment of Ray Cross as UW System President, which you can read here:
UFAS President Jim Molenda sent this open letter on April 13, 2012, in solidarity with our sister union, the Milwaukee Graduate Assistants Association (MGAA), AFT Local 2169.
An injury to one is an injury to all: unilateral elimination of negotiated benefits at UW-Milwaukee will set an undesirable precedent for similar steps at other campuses in the UW System.
UFAS President Jim Molenda and Vice President Chad Alan Goldberg sent the following open letters (click on links below to see letters) in solidarity with our sister union, the Teaching Assistants' Association (TAA), AFT 3220. The first went to the heads of nearly all departments and academic units with graduate students. The second went to Chancellor Biddy Martin. As Ben Franklin once said, we must all hang together, or else we shall all hang separately.
The Employee Free Choice Act would make it easier for workers to organize by strengthening the penalties for unfair labor practices, ensuring mediation and arbitration when newly certified unions cannot get a first contract, and allowing employees -- not their employers -- to choose how they form unions: casting ballots or signing cards authorizing union representation.
The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, the union of 22,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York (CUNY), announced that its membership has ratified a new contract by a margin of 93% in a vote counted today by the American Arbitration Association. Click on the headline to see specific ways in which CUNY professional staff and faculty made important, democratically-prioritized gains through collective bargaining.