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    Wisconsin unions start feeding on each other

    Wisconsin unions start feeding on each other

    If you want a good measure of how deeply the collective bargaining bill in Wisconsin has disrupted public sector unions, there is no better example than the Wisconsins Education Association Council (WEAC).

    Last month WEAC announced that it was laying off 40% of its staff.  With little over which to collectively bargain, and with dues no longer withheld from paychecks, the need for and sustainability of a union bureaucracy could not be justified.

    Now WEAC is being boycotted by National Staff Organization (NSO), a union representing educational union employees.

    Isn’t that great, education union employees have their own union?  Is there a union for employees of education union employee unions?

    Anyway (via JSOnline), NSO is urging its members to boycott WEAC because of the layoffs, which NSO claims are in breach of employee contracts.:

    Because  the Wisconsin Education Association Council is breaching staff contracts and  destroying any working relationship with its employees, NSO President Chuck  Agerstrand is cautioning all NSO members against applying for staff vacancies.

    “WEAC  management is taking a page out of Gov. Walker’s playbook and making up new  employment rules not in the USU contract. They should be looking to the 42  employees they laid off to fill vacancies before they go outside the state,”  said Agerstrand.

    WEAC  recently sent out a job posting for a staff position in the Racine UniServ  office. WEAC’s new employment rule—which violates the WEAC/USU contract—says an  employee must have successfully passed a year’s probation in the job he/she  wants to bump into or the employee has no recall rights. The USU is challenging  the management’s position.

    Agerstrand  is encouraging support for our NSO members. “I’m asking NSO members to show  support for our Wisconsin USU brothers and sisters by refraining from applying  for any position in Wisconsin until our colleagues have their position  restored.”

    On  Aug. 15, 40 percent of WEAC’s employees received layoff notices—four days after  the staff was made aware of impending layoffs. WEAC’s Executive Director Dan  Burkhalter blamed Walker’s budget cuts for the layoffs.

    I’ve been search for a better metaphor, but “feeding on each other” was the best I could come up with.  Any suggestions?

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