Tag Archives: Collective Bargaining

What the Right Couldn’t Take

The present condition of politics in education is gloomy. School workers report high levels of stress, health problems, and thoughts of abandoning their career. Many pinpoint the source — a lack of respect for the profession that has become the new … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Bargain!

Approximately 250 people filled the McDaniels Auditorium in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Administration building last Thursday night to advocate for the teachers’ right to a place at the bargaining table. Thirty people signed up to speak, including Representative … Continue reading

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Respect for Workers Means a Place at the Table

As the MTI red and AFSCME green packed the meeting room and the halls of the MMSD Administration Building Monday night, I couldn’t help but think that we’d been here before. The budget was on the work committee’s agenda, but … Continue reading

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Union Women Step Up with a Boost from Emerge

Saturday, July 20th marked the graduation of the Emerge Wisconsin Class of 2013. With unparalleled confidence and eagerness, eight women of labor took an important step forward for their unions and the state of Wisconsin. As State Representative Melissa Sargent (EmergeWI, … Continue reading

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Wanted: Courageous Defenders of Public Education

Teachers continue to be the greatest defenders of public education. It is not an accident that groups wishing to under-fund or privatize public education are the same groups attacking educators. Unfortunately, these public school “deformers” have found their way onto … Continue reading

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Write the BOE and Ask Them to Collectively Bargain

TJ Mertz did a wonderful write-up in AMPS, so there is no reason for me to redo his work. Please read his post and write the Madison Board of Education at board@madison.k12.wi.us to ask them to engage in fair contract … Continue reading

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The People United for CTU

On September 14th, 2012, I gave the following speech at a rally for the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The Chicago teachers boldly went on strike to fight for a fair contract and to improve the … Continue reading

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