Teachers debate returning to work after Wisconsin protests
An estimated 55,000 people turned out for Saturday rallies at Wisconsin's capitol.
February 20th, 2011
11:11 PM ET

Teachers debate returning to work after Wisconsin protests

After six days of protests that packed the state capitol, Wisconsin's major teachers' union called on members to start returning to work Monday but keep fighting a proposed rollback of union protections for public
employees.

"To educators whose contracts do not recognize Presidents' Day, we call on them to return to duty by day - and find ways to be vocal and visible after their workday is done," Mary Bell, president of the nearly 100,000-member
Wisconsin Education Association Council, told members in a statement issued Sunday afternoon. "To those whose contracts recognize Presidents' Day as a holiday, we call on them to return to Madison."

But other unions said they plan to continue demonstrations into Tuesday, and not all members of Bell's union had decided to follow her lead. Members of Madison's WEAC local, the MTI Teachers Union, have voted to remain at the
capitol on Monday at least, its president, Mike Lipp, told CNN.

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  1. Brandon

    LIKE ARIZONA, We now need to BOYCOTT WISCONSIN Tourism. Arizona self-admittedly lost millions of dollars in a few months of tourism revenue after its immigration laws didn't jive with some people. If this law passes in Wisconsin, tens of thousands of people who vacation to Wisconsin to experience the Wisconsin Dells, Milwaukee, or Madison should instead stay in Chicago–go to the Indiana Dunes–or go up to Michigan–and spend their tourism dollars elsewhere. Why spend money in a state that doesn't welcome unions?

    February 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Private Sector

    I was a student teacher, and from my observations they are grossly over payed. People need to wake up and start really learning the truth about the corruption of the Government and the Unions. The teacher and all the bused in protesters in Michigan to me look like a bunch of fools ! We tax payers are tired of paying for all your benefits and lineng the Unions pocketbook on are dime. If teachers did such a great job... why are our children not achieving better scores? I feel as those teachers and other union workers think they are above the private sector workers.YOU HAVE NO CLUE!!! We will out work you because our companies are effecient. And by the way alot of us have degrees too. Do you hear us protesting about our missing social security funds. Get over yourselves because more people than less feel like me, you don't deserve to have bargaining powers with the Unions... you work for me, the tax payer. Why should my tax dollars pay for the Unions to have a monopoly over are voteing system? I guess when all is said and done it will come down to the private sector v/s the Unions .

    February 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michele LeBrasseur

    Abby Hoffman would be so proud of these protestors. Now, on Monday, let's see if you can levitate the state capitol building. just go on...JUST DO IT...

    March 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
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