Wisconsin technical college locals win all 9 recertification elections

WEAC Region 8, representing Wisconsin Technical College employees, has won all nine of its recertification elections. “Our success in these elections validates the need and want of educators and support staff to have a collective voice and for that voice to continue to be respected at our colleges,” said Megan Kuehl, Lakeshore Technical College faculty member and President of Region 8. “We’re not going away, and these elections simply prove that.”

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West Bend teacher who was placed on administrative leave while challenging the district’s testing system is back to work

West Bend social studies teacher Tanya Lohr, who was placed on paid administrative leave after challenging the district’s new testing system, was placed back in her classroom Monday night after her union, her colleagues, parents and community supporters came to her defense. The board announced in front of a packed room that Lohr would be allowed back to work immediately.

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While acknowledging Beloit EA President Tim Vedra, Congressman Pocan says it’s important that workers have a voice in the workplace

On the day that the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association union membership case, U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan gave a shout-out on his Facebook page to Beloit Education Association President Tim Vedra and highlighted the important role that unions play in serving students. “Unions allow firefighters, teachers, food service employees and policemen to do what they do best, serve our communities,” Pocan added.

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U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Friedrichs union membership case

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments Monday in a case that seeks a radical paradigm shift by making it more difficult for public workers to bargain collectively. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, wants to overturn common sense jurisprudence that was established more than 40 years ago in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which allows states and localities the freedom to choose whether all public employees should pay their fair share for the employment representation they receive.

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Hillary Clinton says 2016 election is ‘a make-or-break moment for Supreme Court appointments’

In a Boston Globe op-ed, Hillary Clinton makes a strong case for why the 2016 election will have a profound impact on the future of the U.S. Supreme Court and therefore the nation as a whole. As one of many examples of the important role the court plays in our lives, she cites the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. If the Supreme Courts rules against unions, she writes, “it’ll be harder for working people like teachers, social workers, and first responders to negotiate together for better wages and benefits.”

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