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rtw-capitol-foodlineHardhat unions and construction contractors find themselves on the outside looking in, despite support for Scott Walker when he needed them.

MADISON - Unions representing engineers, police, firefighters, plumbers, carpenters and other trades contributed more than $83,000 in 2013-14 to help reelect Republican Gov. Scott Walker, despite his successful 2011 effort to slash public employee collective bargaining rights and his support for a state right-to-work law.

Leading the pack of eight unions that contributed to Walker (see Table below) was Operating Engineers Local 139 at $43,128, which is the maximum contribution a political action committee can make to a statewide candidate in an election cycle. The union, which represents construction equipment operators, strongly opposes the proposed right-to-work measure. Right-to-work laws are an economic hit for unions because they prohibit requiring workers to make payments to unions as a condition of employment.

The state Senate passed the right-to-work measure, Senate Bill 44, this week. It now goes to the Assembly for final legislative approval next week, and then to Walker. In recent years, the governor has handle the right-to-work issue various ways, including calling it a distraction from his agenda, or not a priority, or refusing to say whether he would sign such a measure into law. But shortly after GOP legislative leaders decided late last week to take up a right-to-work bill in extraordinary session, Walker announced he would sign it if it reached his desk.

Written by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 February 2015 11:54

uwgb-studentGREEN BAY – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students have organized a letter-writing campaign and rally in opposition to the proposed 2015-2017 biennial state budget.

The group, called UW Students Against Education Cuts (UWSAEC), wants the current state funding to the UW System sustained, wants to preserve shared governance and the Wisconsin Idea in state law (36.09(5) and 36.01(2) respectively) and wants specific details about public authority laid out.

“We want more student representation in policy decisions and are organizing to advocate for exactly that,” said Paul Ahrens, Director for UWSAEC.

The group has organized a campus-wide letter-writing campaign to encourage students and other members of the community to contact their legislators. The group also plans on having a rally on March 4th at 4pm outside of the University Union at UWGB to advocate in favor of sustaining the current public funding for higher education and not reducing its budget.

“We believe that well-funded public institutions are a cornerstone of democracy. These budget cuts will cripple the UW System, and the public authority, if left unchecked, could unravel the fabric that created one of the nation’s best university systems,” said Ahrens.

Written by UW Students Against Education Cuts   
Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 17:38
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