Wis. Largest Teachers Unions Agree to Consider Merging

Monday, December 3, 2012

The state’s two largest teachers unions will formally discuss a merger after the Wisconsin Education Association Council voted to do so at a special assembly in Madison over the weekend.

The WEAC Representative Assembly met Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center for the first time in special session since 1972 to discuss the future of the organization.

Leaders of both WEAC, an affiliate of the National Education Association, and AFT-Wisconsin, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, say their membership has declined about 30 percent since the state’s new collective bargaining law, known as Act 10, took effect.

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