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Wisconsin teachers applaud ruling striking down collective bargaining bill

Posted: 5/26/2011 10:14:18 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2011
Contact: Christina Brey, 608.298.2519

State educators urge lawmakers to back down from taking another run at divisive legislation

Clear and convincing evidence that the open meetings law was violated led to a judge’s ruling today striking down a law that set Wisconsin labor relations back more than 50 years. The Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state’s largest union of educators, issued the following statement, attributable to WEAC President Mary Bell, a teacher from Wisconsin Rapids:

“Wisconsin public school employees applaud the ruling today that strikes down this backward legislation. The motives behind the collective bargaining bill were clearly political. Governor Scott Walker has already admitted the bill was never intended to be about ‘budget repair’ but instead a way to bust public employee unions.

“In the wake of this ruling, state lawmakers should back down and not take another run at this divisive legislation. It is not in the best interest of students, schools or Wisconsin’s future to take the voices of educators out of our classrooms. We’ve seen how this issue has polarized our state.”

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