Rally With Us

Martin Luther King Jr. and others have keenly observed that the arc of history is long, “but it bends toward justice.” It is a way of saying that good ideas usually win—but not always right away. Four years ago, our union and others organized some of the largest and most sustained pro-labor rallies this nation […]

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We Keep Winning

Election results do not happen by accident. Almost every election is a mixed bag, but yesterday’s elections were quite good for Region 6. That is because we worked hard and succeeded. The results are still coming in, but we already know the overwhelming majority of the pro-education candidates and referendum initiatives that were recommended by […]

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Deciding Votes

At this moment the members of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) are making life altering decisions about the future of Wisconsin’s public schools, the students who attend them and the staff who work in them. That is not an overstatement. JFC members have the authority to decide whether and to what extent to change […]

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The Good It Does

Last week I wrote about how much success the unions throughout Region 6 have had in community organizing and local elections in the last few years. We are doing a lot more of it and getting much better at it. In making this point I wrote that there is sometimes no chance that we can […]

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Self-Government

As the president of Region 6, I was interviewed recently by the Wisconsin State Journal on the topic of our unions’ increased influence and involvement in local community affairs and elections. I did my best to emphasize that local involvement is crucial because that is where so many important decisions about schools are made. It […]

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Don’t Let Walker’s Lips Sink Our Ship

When most observers first looked at the budget Governor Scott Walker released on February 3 they called it a “freeze” for public schools and were thankful it wasn’t worse. Then they looked closer and discovered that Walker concealed a $127 million cut to public schools in the budget that he failed to mention in his […]

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