Irony: Union of union staffers calls out Wisconsin teachers’ union as a poor employer

posted at 6:10 pm on September 13, 2011 by Tina Korbe

As an employer, the Wisconsin Education Association Council would like a little latitude to lay off and hire according to what makes sense rather than according to arbitrary union rules. But the National Support Organization, the nation’s largest union of union staffers, won’t have that. When WEAC posted a job listing for the position of executive director of the Racine Education Uniserv Council, NSO responded with an online posting of its own.

“Don’t apply for WEAC vacancies!” NSO warned its members. Why? Because WEAC laid off some 42 employees earlier this year to make up for projected losses in revenue caused by Gov. Scott Walker’s “union-busting” (a.k.a. budget repair) bill. NSO says that, by looking outside the state — rather than to those 42 former employees — to fill a job opening, WEAC is guilty of breaching its contract with the United Staff Union.

NSO president Chuck Agerstrand said he is calling on his thousands of members to avoid applying for any WEAC jobs “until our colleagues have their position restored.”

“WEAC staff played an important role in the rallies and protests against the governor’s anti-union legislation and in keeping WEAC a viable organization. And this is how they’re rewarded for their efforts?” Agerstrand said. “It’s unconscionable that WEAC is going outside the state to fill jobs when they (have) 42 NSO members out of work.”

But others don’t take the issue quite so seriously and even manage to see the irony. Not surprisingly, those “others” are Republicans who watched WEAC attack Gov. Walker earlier this year for attempting to free up local and municipal governments to save money by limiting collective bargaining with local teachers’ unions.

Republicans said they found it rich with irony that one of the chief critics of Walker’s collective bargaining bill apparently feels hamstrung by its own employee contracts.

“Ah, that’s funny,” said state Rep. Robin Vos, a Rochester Republican who is co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee. “Perhaps it’s a case of ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ ”

Walker’s legislation not only limits collective bargaining but also clips the power of public employee unions. The measure requires local unions to hold annual recertification votes, prohibits employers from automatically deducting union dues from a public worker’s payroll and allows bargaining-unit members to opt out of paying union dues altogether.

Lawmakers pushed through the changes amid massive protests and recall elections for nine state senators.


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You just can’t make this sh!t up, folks.

Ward Cleaver on September 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Whats falling faster?

Obama or Wisconsins defining liberal moment of the century?

Odie1941 on September 13, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Let the Nazguls feast on their own!

PappyD61 on September 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM

The main job of a union staffer appears to be to publicly shame the host organism when union demands are not met. The local NSO office is excelling at that.

pedestrian on September 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Awesome… Let the Unionista’s destroy each other

WhoU4 on September 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Ha ha!

/Nelson Muntz

rbj on September 13, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Union leaders telling union members not to put in for a union job. This has got to be a man bites dog moment in Wisconsin.

Johnnyreb on September 13, 2011 at 6:26 PM

As a member of the union of workers that staff the union staffers’ union, I have to say I’m not thrilled with my employment conditions either. To make matters worse, the people staffing our union are getting rowdy as well. Ah, what a day – with any luck, things will come back to bite them when their staffers’ union’s staffers’ union’s staffers’ union’s staffers’ union’s staffers’ union’s staffers’ union’s staffers’ union realizes just how much they’re getting stiffed.

RINO in Name Only on September 13, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Looks like the cannibals are eating each other now.

capejasmine on September 13, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I would love to know what % of people have opted out of paying dues altogether and how much union dues revenues have dropped across the public employees unions in WI. Especially after the contracts negotiated during the freeze on this new law while it worked its way through the courts, once those contracts expire. How many workers will be freed from union tyranny?

karenhasfreedom on September 13, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Got popcorn?

Juno77 on September 13, 2011 at 6:33 PM

How does WI look for the 2012 election cycle? Still blue, turning purple, or already red? Anyone know?

karenhasfreedom on September 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM

“Perhaps it’s a case of ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ ”

Yep, liberals once again caught by their own hypocrisy.

GarandFan on September 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM

I would love to know what % of people have opted out of paying dues altogether and how much union dues revenues have dropped across the public employees unions in WI.

I can’t link, but I heard it’s close to 90%.

honsy on September 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

How does WI look for the 2012 election cycle? Still blue, turning purple, or already red? Anyone know?

karenhasfreedom on September 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM

It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the blog of Ann Althouse, who’s a law professor in Madison. Sad to say she too was fooled by O’bama in 2008, but she keeps up to date on the pulse of Madistan.

Del Dolemonte on September 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM

I’ve lived in Wisconsin. No matter how you lay this out for some of them, they will never understand why this is funny.

All they understand is “labor vs management”. Even if management is head of the labor union they’re members of.

Irony = A little town up north.

BobMbx on September 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Next up: WEAC hires scabs.

SukieTawdry on September 13, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I love it when they eat their own.

locomotivebreath1901 on September 13, 2011 at 6:53 PM

While I often find him annoying, Jon Stewart had a great bit on similar union hypocrisy about a year ago: Link

beancounter on September 13, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Weeding out the bad apples

Kini on September 13, 2011 at 6:57 PM

-Who are you, the Union of Union Staffers?

“What?!! NO! We’re the Union Staffers Union!”

Bishop on September 13, 2011 at 6:57 PM

How does WI look for the 2012 election cycle? Still blue, turning purple, or already red? Anyone know?

- It depends where, at what geographic area, you look. Wisconsin has a statewide college/university system – wherever you find a branch of the UW, you find blue areas.
 
- Unions ability to take money out of member’s pockets is no longer abetted by the state. They certainly won’t be in better financial shape than they were in 2010.
 
- A big question will be how much money, if any, does the Left want to put into a Scott Walker recall effort.
 
- Walker has had some success. He promised the state would see 250,000 added jobs during his (first) administration, but he’s not there yet.
 
- If the Left doubles down and runs Tammy Baldwin (the most leftwing person in the House) for Herb Kohl’s Senate seat, it could, imo, push the state a bit more rightward.
 
- For now Wisconsin remains purple at best. You will continue to hear the drumbeat of insanity from the likes of Dane County (Madison), LaCrosse, Milwaukee. As Walker likes to say, get outside the Capital and you find a different Wisconsin.
 
- We haven’t gone through a statewide election with new redistricting in place.

ignatzk on September 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Tammy Baldwin is, indeed, running for Herb Kohl’s seat in the senate. Lord deliver us from this one trick pony. If it isn’t lesbian rights, she’s agin it. She will have to run on her “I didn’t sponsor anything but lesbian-rights legislation, but I voted for everything Obama ever wanted” record. Ick.

tcn on September 13, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Hi-Larious.

fleiter on September 13, 2011 at 7:27 PM

the National Support Organization, the nation’s largest union of union staffers

A union of union staffers? Are you sure this isn’t from The Onion?

Ann on September 13, 2011 at 7:35 PM

I love that picture on the main page.

So Wisconsin Democracy looks like practicality and peace and quiet?

DrZin on September 13, 2011 at 7:36 PM

-Who are you, the Union of Union Staffers?

“What?!! NO! We’re the Union Staffers Union!”

Bishop on September 13, 2011 at 6:57 PM

SPLITTER!!!!!

Am I reading this right?? Union staff has their own separate union???

WFT…?

BigWyo on September 13, 2011 at 7:39 PM

SPLITTER!!!!!

Am I reading this right?? Union staff has their own separate union???

WFT…?

BigWyo on September 13, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Damn….beat me to the punchline.

RedMindBlueState on September 13, 2011 at 7:43 PM

What comes to mind is a glass jar full of tape worms all feeding on each other.

Dhuka on September 13, 2011 at 8:03 PM

I would love to know what % of people have opted out of paying dues altogether and how much union dues revenues have dropped across the public employees unions in WI.
karenhasfreedom on September 13, 2011 at 6:33 PM

I can’t link, but I heard it’s close to 90%.

honsy on September 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

It’s better than card-check. It’s wallet-check.

scrubjay on September 13, 2011 at 8:41 PM

tcn on September 13, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Better yet, you get out of the Madison area and she loses most of her support. :)

WhoU4 on September 13, 2011 at 9:36 PM

“No laws were broken!”
/crr6

Khun Joe on September 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM

recall elections for nine state senators.

Hmmm-that may have had something to do with their budget problems.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 13, 2011 at 10:44 PM

I remember a lawsuit years ago by a man transitioning to be a women through hormones, etc., who sued his employer for refusing to treat him as a woman. The employer? ACLU. :)

PattyJ on September 13, 2011 at 11:46 PM

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

Danny on September 14, 2011 at 12:32 AM

I just love poetic justice. *sigh*

IowaWoman on September 14, 2011 at 1:16 AM

hardest hit….crr6

IowaWoman on September 14, 2011 at 1:17 AM

Exactly who does this union of union staffers negotiate with for their contract?

JAW on September 14, 2011 at 4:13 AM

How does WI look for the 2012 election cycle? Still blue, turning purple, or already red? Anyone know?

karenhasfreedom on September 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Pretty purple yet, but hey things can change if we get better and better numbers on jobs and schools keep saving money.

wi farmgirl on September 14, 2011 at 7:17 AM

For those of you amused by the existence of union staff unions, you’ll really enjoy this report about how they and teacher union management interact.

Mike Antonucci on September 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM

… too many layers … of crazy … to navigate …

Axe on September 14, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Don’t worry about Wisconsin. We threw out Russell Bin Feingold and held on to the reigns in the Senate while seven percent of our total population were acting like two year olds who hadn’t had their Harry Potter diapers changed. We delivered Ron Johnson to the Senate because we like our Tea strong. Expect RED to dominate in 2012.

psychocyber on September 14, 2011 at 12:08 PM