State educators urge lawmakers to back down from taking another run at harmful legislation
MADISON (May 26, 2011)—Clear and convincing evidence that the open meetings law was violated led to a judge’s ruling today striking down a law that set Wisconsin labor relations back more than 50 years. The Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state’s largest union of educators, issued the following statement, attributable to WEAC President Mary Bell, a teacher from Wisconsin Rapids:
“Wisconsin public school employees applaud the ruling today that strikes down this backward legislation. The motives behind the collective bargaining bill were clearly political. Governor Scott Walker has already admitted the bill was never intended to be about ‘budget repair’ but instead a way to bust public employee unions.
“It is our hope that, in the wake of this ruling, state lawmakers will back down and will not take another run at this divisive legislation. It is not in the best interest of students, schools or Wisconsin’s future to take the voices of educators out of our classrooms. We’ve seen how this issue has polarized our state.”