March 24, 2011
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On Fifth University of Wisconsin Campus To Vote for Union Representation
The faculty at University of Wisconsin-River Falls voted 148-16 today to be represented by the American Federation of Teachers—the third campus to do so since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation banning collective bargaining rights for the university system’s faculty and academic staff.
WASHINGTON—This landslide election, along with the four other recent University of Wisconsin campus union victories, demonstrates that workers—in this instance, UW-River Falls faculty—will not let Gov. Walker’s anti-democratic, anti-worker ideological agenda deny them their right to form a union. This is the third successful election held since Walker introduced legislation to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees. This latest group of UW faculty are courageously ignoring the governor’s assaults and standing up for what they believe is good for their students and for their profession.
We will continue to fight the attempts to crush unions and the voice of workers in Wisconsin as well as in Florida, Indiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and anywhere else necessary.
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.