Got this from our union today. Apparently teachers are no more than a drain on state budgets and not worth supporting at all! Governor Scott Walker is proposing to wipe away decades of collective bargaining for you, your colleagues and other public workers in Wisconsin. Your right to organize, your right to bargain health insurance or prep time, your right to have a voice in the profession - all of those things and more are under attack in Walker's budget bill. This is a strike on public workers, unions and the dedicated professionals in classrooms across the state. This is an attack on worker rights. The Budget Repair Bill will focus on limiting benefits and salaries as well as ending workplace rights: · Collective Bargaining -The bill also makes changes to limit bargaining to only pay increases and the increase cannot exceed the Consumer Price Index which last year was 1.5% -unless approved by a referendum. You will not get any pay increases based on steps or lanes. By limiting bargaining to only salary, you also will become a probationary employee with no protections against unjust termination or layoff. You can be fired for any reason without any recourse. You can be laid off out of seniority. Your work can be privatized through subcontracting. All working conditions will be controlled by management. Contracts will be limited to one year and wages will be frozen until the new contract is settled. · Union Strength: Employers will be prohibited from collecting union dues and members will not be required to pay dues-this will effectively kill unions altogether so they can no longer bargain even pay increases. Your union will not have the resources to represent you without dues check-off. Your workplace soon will be non-union because you must vote every year whether to keep a union and who would vote to keep a union that can't represent its members?