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A brief overview of Gov. Walker's proposed budget cuts and its effects on the UW system, its employes and its students.

A brief overview of Gov. Walker's proposed budget cuts and its effects on the UW system, its employes and its students.

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  • 1. Teach-in/Rallyin support of public education
    Thursday, February 17
    12:00 noon
    Circle between MAC Hall and Union
  • 2. Governor Walker’s proposed budget bill
    Public employee unions would be allowed to negotiate only on wages.
    Increases in wages for public employees would be capped at the consumer price index, and locals would have to go to referendum to exceed those limits.
    Public employee unions could no longer require dues, and employers could not collect them.
    State employees would be required to contribute 5 percent of their pay to their pension
    State employees would be required to pay 12 percent of their health care costs
    Faculty and academic staff in the UW System would lose their right to collectively bargain …even for wages
  • 3. What is the argument?
    Belief: Public employees need to “pay their share”
    Fact: In the early 1980s, many public employees (including UW-System faculty and staff) agreed to pay freezes in exchange for a strong benefit package. Now the state wants to go back on its promise
  • 4. Arguments?
    Belief: Public workers earn more than private sector employees
    Fact: A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute showed the following:
    Wisconsin public employees earn 4.8% less in total compensation per hour than comparable full-time employees in Wisconsin’s private sector.
    Yet: Wisconsin public sector workers are on average more highly educated than private sector workers
  • 5. Arguments
    Belief: Taxpayers are “footing the bill” for public employees and the UW-System
    Fact: Less that 1/3 of the UW-System budget comes from tax-payer money. Even supporters of this legislation admit that it will do little to help the budget deficit and it will create no jobs.
  • 6. Argument
    Belief: UW-System faculty and staff are overpaid
    Fact: Besides the fact that UW-System faculty and staff make less that in the private sector, a recent study by the state of Wisconsin found that system-wide, UW system salaries for faculty and staff lag their peers by nearly 10%.
  • 7. Implications of this legislation
    Will make compensation for UW-System faculty and staff even less competitive than it is now, meaning:
    High quality teachers and staff will leave
    UW-System will not be able to attract or hire high quality teachers and staff
  • 8. Eliminate performance pay
    This legislation mandates that increases in wages for public employees would be capped at the consumer price index (in 2010 CPI = 1.8%; inflation rate in 2010 = 1.6%)
    In order to exceed that costly, state-wide referenda are required, meaning that citizens would have to vote whether faculty and staff receive merit raises even though 66% of the system budget does not come from taxpayers
  • 9. Destroy unions and collective bargaining
    While many people oppose unions, consider the following list of what they have done for the American worker and why unions can be part of the solution to better the working conditions for Americans
  • 10. Union accomplishments
    An end to child labor
    The 8-hour work day, the 40-hour work week, and paid overtime
    Workers' compensation benefits for workers injured on the job
    Unemployment insurance for workers who lose their jobs
    Minimum wage
    Improvements in workplace safety and fewer on-the-job fatalities
    Pensions
    Health care insurance
    Paid sick leave, vacations, and holidays as standard benefits for most workers
    The Civil Right Acts and Title VII, which outlaws job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin
    The Occupational Safety and Health Act
    The Family Medical Leave Act
  • 11. Why should students care?
    Wisconsin has had a nationally ranked and nationally recognized public education system
    This would decrease the quality of education
    Will not attract high quality teachers to the area to maintain the prestige of the Wisconsin educational system
    Wages for ALL employees will be at risk, resulting in brain-drain and higher unemployment
    Impoverishes the entire state
  • 12. Teach-in/Rallyin support of public education
    Thursday, February 17
    12:00 noon
    Circle between MAC Hall and Union

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