Association of American Educators Reacts to Wisconsin Court Decision Overturning Act 10
Alexandria, VA– Wisconsin's landmark law designed to curb union power was struck down by a Dane County judge late Friday, in yet another dramatic twist in a year and a half saga that will likely set up another showdown in the Supreme Court. While union leaders are claiming victory, Governor Scott Walker has promised an immediate appeal.
Following the news, AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner issued the following statement:
"Wisconsin teachers and the citizens at large have spoken loud and clear in favor of freedom of choice and fiscal sanity. Following a year and a half of legal battles and debate, it was our hope that the state could ultimately move on after the June recall election.
Sadly due to the biased actions of an activist judge, the state will once again have to endure unnecessary confusion and additional legal action. To say that Act 10 violates the unions' freedom of speech is laughable. On the contrary, under Act 10 teachers and other state employees enjoy the freedom to choose whether or not to join a union at all.
Hopefully, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court will ultimately side with the will of the people and end this debate. Teachers across the state are demanding options and voters have clearly rejected forced unionism. Since this law took effect, AAE has welcomed teachers from across the state seeking a professional and nonpartisan option. Regardless of outcome, we look forward to serving Wisconsin's hard-working teachers for years to come."
The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educators organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $15 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit aaeteachers.org for further information.