Below is the legislation I will propose at the ASM Coordinating Council Meeting to act on the Emergency Budget Repair Bill. If you have anything you would like to add to it, or comments on it, please comment below.
ASM Support of Collective Bargaining Rights of UW Employees
Background: On Friday, February 11th Governor Scott Walker proposed his Emergency Budget Repair Bill. This legislation means that public sector workers will no longer be able to bargain collectively or have a say in negotiating the terms of their employment. Included in those affected by this legislation are faculty and staff members of the UW System. They will no longer be able to bargain over health care, tuition remission, pension contributions, grievance procedures, and other benefits. Forcing low wages and higher health care costs for grad employees, this legislation will make it almost impossible for the UW system to recruit competitive graduate students. Not only will this affect our rankings nationally and internationally, the quality of our undergraduate education will suffer immensely, since UW Madison relies on graduate students to teach many undergraduate classes and discussion sections.
The Associated Students of Madison acting in Coordinating Council do enact as follows:
Be it resolved, The ASM, in concert with the Teaching Assistant Association, denounces the Emergency Budget Repair Bill.
Be it further resolved, The ASM urges students of UW-Madison to take part in the Hands Off Our Teachers rally at the Wisconsin Capitol on Tuesday February 15th at 11am.
Be it further resolved, The ASM urges students from Wisconsin to call their local representatives, write Letters to the Editor of their local paper, and get their parents and family members to participate.
Be it further resolved, The ASM urges the University Committee, Faculty Senate, and Academic Staff Assembly to denounce the Emergency Budget Repair Bill, and to urge the UW Community to attend the Hands Off Our Teachers Rally.
Be it finally resolved, The Coordinating Council of ASM gives Chair Williams the authority to publish press releases, coordinate media, and reapportion money pertinent to this legislation as he deems necessary.