OCUFA Report March 1, 2011
Wisconsin governor wants to repeal faculty right to unionize
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s campaign to strip public-sector workers of collective bargaining rights includes a proposal to kill 2009 legislation allowing faculty in Wisconsin to unionize. The legislation resulted in faculty organizing drives across the state’s colleges and universities, with growing success. The certification votes are so recent, however, that none of the new faculty locals have been able to negotiate a first collective agreement.
The governor’s campaign has spread to other U.S. states, despite large demonstrations by Wisconsin public sector workers and their supporters (who include police and firefighters, who have been explicitly exempted from the governor’s plan).