SEIU Wisconsin State Council President Mike Thomas released the following statement in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed school voucher expansion and residency requirement withdrawal in his 2013-15 budget: “Our children depend on a quality education system that helps them excel and become productive Wisconsinites. Walker’s proposals of expanding school voucher and charter programs, funding schools based on performance, and ending residency requirements are detrimental to Wisconsin’s education system and working families. In the broken voucher program, funds designated for public schools are sucked into private and religious schools instead of being invested in our communities. Additionally, we should be investing in our schools to improve them rather than take money away from struggling schools. Finally, residency requirements provide stability in our communities where children deserve to have guidance from teachers and staff who live in their neighborhoods. SEIU members are very disappointed with Walker’s proposed education changes and believe they will not move Wisconsin forward.”
Thanks to the efforts of SEIU Local 150 members at recent school board meetings and at the bargaining table, the Milwaukee School Board has agreed to recognize the hardship SEIU members have faced in the last school year by awarding a one-time non-base building increase ranging from 1.58% to 3.16%.
Local 150 members should expect a letter from the superintendent expressing his appreciation for their hard work and commitment to Milwaukee Public Schools. This letter will inform you of the type of increase you will receive and the timeline for payment. Please make sure you read it carefully.
If you have any questions, please contact SEIU Local 150 at (414) 355-5150.
Once again, congratulations and thank you for supporting your union and our children in Milwaukee Public Schools.
“Today’s election sends a clear message to corporations and conservative politicians: Americans will not stand to see their rights taken away and their wellbeing threatened by an extreme right-wing agenda. We are proud and excited to see Barack Obama through another term as president and welcome Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate as we continue to expand health care, add family-supporting jobs, and help our children earn a quality education. Our fight is never over, but the progressive gains we made today in state and federal offices are vital to moving Wisconsin and our nation forward.”