Jun 9, 201411:30 AMBlaska's Bring It!
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Kenosha’s public schools get rejiggered; are Madison’s next?
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You may have missed this news: The Kenosha public school district Thursday last week stipulated that its collective bargaining agreement with the teachers union was null and void. Kenosha did so after the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty brought suit. WILL argued that the contract violated Wisconsin Act 10.
According to a release from WILL:
[T]he School Board voted 4-3 on November 14, 2013 to ratify the labor agreements, which ran retroactively from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015 and covered all [school district] employees.
It contained numerous terms and conditions that are illegal under Act 10, such as $1.65 million in teacher “bonus” pay, changing teacher work days from an 8 hour work day to 7½ hours, automatic dues deductions, and “fair share” payments. Act 10 prohibits collective bargaining on any conditions of employment, other than total base wages.
On November 21, WILL filed a lawsuit, alleging that the [collective bargaining agreement] was the result of illegal bargaining, rushed through improperly-noticed school board meetings in response to a ruling by Dane County Judge Juan Colas. The lawsuit was filed in Kenosha Circuit Court, naming the Kenosha Education Association, the district, and the district’s board .…
The unions, SEIU Local 168, AFSCME Local 2383, and the Kenosha Education Association, are not part of the settlement, and the litigation will continue against them, said WILL president Rick Esenberg.
Kenosha is important, dear reader, because Esenberg and WILL have put the Madison School District on notice that it risks a lawsuit for essentially the same reason. (Read the letter.)