The Walker era: Teachers’ union in Wisconsin’s third-largest school district decertified

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Published on September 12, 2013


An exclusive by Mark Belling:

I have learned the third largest teachers union in the state, the Kenosha Education Association, has been decertified. Only 37 percent of the teachers in the Kenosha Unified School District voted to reauthorize the union in a recent vote…Under Act 10, public employee unions must be recertified every year by an affirmative vote of at least 50 percent of the employees.

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“Act 10″ is, of course, Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial public-sector union reform law. Some people have argued that this particular requirement — for an annual recertification vote — is somehow out of line. But how many workplaces are there in America where unions were certified decades ago and have coasted on pure inertia — where practically (or even literally) no one working today actually voted for the union that represents them?

And think of it from the union’s perspective. If you can’t even get 40 percent of your members to reaffirm that they want you representing them, then what claim do you have to their allegiance? Maybe they’d be better off with no union — or with a different union.

It makes you wonder — just how many union members really think they’re getting their money’s worth for the dues they pay? The whole point of union representation is that all of (or at the very least, a bare 51 percent majority of) the workers act in solidarity. Not so much in Kenosha’s school district.

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