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For Release: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Madison – Once again, faculty and staff at technical colleges across the state have voted to re-certify their unions at increasingly large margins, despite repeated attempts by the Walker administration to discourage unionization. Act 10, which was written to undermine public sector unions, also requires an annual vote to re-certify the union.
The 2018 budget proposal "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.
This past weekend, the AFT-Wisconsin Executive Board voted to endorse the AFT-Wisconsin Statement on Refugees, Immigration, and the Trump Agenda. The Statement is about the recent Executive Orders on refugees and immigrants issued by President Trump, but also and more broadly about the role of our unions in times like these.
On Jan. 15, thousands of people, including great representation from AFT members, rallied in cities across the country to stand up against plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as well as efforts to privatize Medicare and Medicaid.
In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.