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UW System Viability, Academic Freedom Facing Serious Threat from Walker Budget Proposals

Madison, WI: Massive budget cuts and fundamental structural changes to the UW System proposed by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker today will lead to a significant reduction in the quality of education for UW System students, AFT-Wisconsin members and leaders predicted. “Scott Walker’s proposal to slash $300 million from the University of Wisconsin System shows that he’s willing to do just about anything as he puts his presidential ambitions above the needs of Wisconsin,” said AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas, a teacher in the Superior School District, in response to Walker’s plan. “He’s scrambling to find money to pay for his irresponsible tax cuts for his wealthy donors, and Wisconsin’s college students will have to pay the price. These cuts to the UW System will almost certainly threaten the ability of current students to graduate on time, and will damage, perhaps irrevocably, the ability of the UW System to attract and retain the best faculty and staff.”

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Wisconsin Labor History High School Essay Contest

The Wisconsin Labor History Society is currently accepting essays for its 2014-15 Labor History Essay Contest, open to all Wisconsin high school students in grades 9-12.  Up to eight prizes between $100 and $500 will be awarded to outstanding essays of up to 750 words on the topic "Unions have been important to my family and my community because..."  Essays must be postmarked by February 13 for consideration.  Please distribute this contest flyer or share the contest website with any interested high school students and with your fellow union members to spread the word!

Nurses weigh in on the 40-hour workweek debate

Registered nurses Irene Jadge and Janice Stauffer, members of the Danbury (Conn.) Nurses’ Union, traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak out against a Republican proposal to redefine who qualifies as a full-time worker under the Affordable Care Act.

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AFT-Wisconsin's new website is now live!

Welcome to AFT-Wisconsin's new website! Our new site, which uses AFT's StateWeb system, will allow us to better share informatiion from the national AFT and our state federation with AFT-Wisconsin local union members. We hope you find our new site useful—if you have any suggestions for useful pages or features, or if you have any news from your local that you'd like to share, please contact AFT-Wisconsin Communications Director Aaron Bibb at bibb@aft-wisconsin.org.

Temple University adjunct professors to file for a union

Adjunct faculty at Temple University have filed authorization cards seeking union representation with the United Academics of Philadelphia, which is the AFT's Philadelphia-area local for adjunct faculty, and the Temple Association of University Professionals, which is the AFT-affiliated union for Temple's full-time tenure-track and nontenure-track faculty.

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Delivering literacy by the truckload in Oregon

Using a phone bank and other organizing tools, support staff at the Oregon School Employees Association's Centennial Chapter 113 spent months recruiting 2,000 classified employees, teachers and social service employees to sign up for First Book, a national nonprofit dedicated to putting books in the hands of children who need them most.

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