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Students Protest Union Busting Move At U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Graduate students who teach at a University of Wisconsin college say the Dean there has broken his promise to honor their union contract. The students say Dean Rodney Swain of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s College of Letters and Sciences has sent out a letter saying there is no current contract, so UWM would be discontinuing summer tuition remission for the union members. This benefit allowed summer tuition remission for graduating assistants who must take a summer class to fulfill their degree. The union says while cuts to the college’s budget may prompt the administration’s action, it is not right to pay for budget cuts on the backs of graduate workers. The union is pressing Dr. Swain to honor the spirit of his promise of March, 2011 and “do no harm” to workers’ contracts. Continue Reading →

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Madison Demonstrators Occupy State Capitol for Third Night

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Hundreds of demonstrators — mostly young and enthusiastic University of Wisconsin college students — occupied the State Capitol in Madison for a third straight night last night, to oppose upstart Republican Governor Scott Walker’s effort to euthanize collective bargaining rights for public-sector employees. Continue Reading →

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