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Wisconsin Union Hypocrisy: WEAC Accused of Breaking Staff Union Contract
Pot, meet Kettle.
While it occupied Wisconsin’s state capitol, the union that represents many of Wisconsin’s public school teachers, WEAC, demonized governor Scott Walker’s government union reform as an attack on collective bargaining.
Yet, when WEAC found itself no longer able to forcibly collect union dues without state help, with its forced funding being diminished, WEAC decided to lay off 40%of its staff.
Now, in a story that gets richer with irony by the day, WEAC is being accused by a staff union of breaching the collective bargaining agreement WEAC—you know, collectively bargained—with its union staff:
This week, National Support Organization, which bills itself as the world’s largest union of union staffers, posted an online notice discouraging its members from seeking work with the Wisconsin Education Association Council.
“Don’t apply for WEAC vacancies!” screams the headline.
The reason for the boycott?
Chuck Agerstrand, president of the National Support Organization, is accusing WEAC officials of “breaching staff contracts and destroying any working relationship with its employees.”
“WEAC management is taking a page out of Gov. (Scott) Walker’s playbook and making up new employment rules not in the (United Staff Union) contract,” Agerstrand said on the labor group’s website. “They should be looking to the 42 employees they laid off to fill vacancies before they go outside the state.”
In other words, the national labor organization says WEAC isn’t following the agreed-upon rules for filling a vacancy after a round of staff cutbacks.
Now, that is just a full plate of irony with a side order of union hypocrisy thrown in for good measure.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776