PRESS RELEASE: UWSP faculty joins teaching union - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

PRESS RELEASE: UWSP faculty joins teaching union


STEVENS POINT (PRESS RELEASE) - Earlier today, faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point voted 283-15 out of a unit of 347 in favor of union representation through AFT-Wisconsin, a statewide labor federation affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

The vote occurred as state courts continue to review the constitutionality of a "budget repair" bill that would strip academic staff and faculty of their right to collectively bargain. Faculty also face a proposed budget from the governor's office that would slash funding to the UW System

Andy Felt, an associate professor in the UW-Stevens Point Department of Mathematical Sciences, says that the UW-Stevens Point faculty is part of a larger movement for a voice in the workplace. "Since February 11, Wisconsin's public employees have shown the world that we won't back down and we won't be silenced. Too much is at stake—not just for us, but for Wisconsin and all its working families.

"That's why UW-Stevens Point faculty turned out in overwhelming numbers to vote in favor of a union today. Together, we will continue to use our collective voice to advocate for our profession, our campus, and our students. Today is just the beginning."

According to Prof. Felt, Gov. Walker's budget repair bill further galvanized the faculty's resolve to form a union. "Gov. Walker has used every tool in his box to silence the voice not only of Wisconsin workers, but also of academics who dare question the motives of him or his political party. I believe this vote gave UWSP faculty cause to stand in solidarity and say, ‘We will not allow intimidation to silence our voice.'"

UW faculty and academic staff were extended the right to collectively bargain in June of 2009. Since that time, faculty at five additional campuses – UW-Eau Claire, UW-Superior, UW-La Crosse, UW-Stout, and UW-River Falls – have voted in favor of collective bargaining representation.

Powered by Frankly