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Faculty at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Superior form unions

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Faculty at University of Wisconsin campuses in Eau Claire and Superior are the first academic workers to form unions in the state.

UW-Eau Claire faculty members voted 233-87 in an election that ended Wednesday to be represented by AFT-Wisconsin, a statewide labor union. Their colleagues at UW-Superior voted overwhelmingly last week to join AFT-Wisconsin, too.

The votes come after Gov. Jim Doyle signed a provision in the budget last year giving nearly 20,000 UW system faculty and academic staff collective bargaining rights for the first time.

AFT-Wisconsin President Bryan Kennedy said it will take many months for each campus to negotiate their first contracts with the Board of Regents spelling out wages, benefits and working conditions.

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