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WEAC Budget Workshop: Telling Your Story

April 17: 9-11 a.m. Register

Dig into the provisions in the governor’s state budget proposal that would allow educators to negotiate with our employers on matters such as safe schools and stable salary schedules.

Joint Finance Committee Budget Hearings

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All hearings will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Check back for more details as they are released.

April 21: Rhinelander (in-person)
April 22: Menomonie (in-person)
April 28: Open to the first 200 people who register online. Registration will open at 10 a.m. Monday, April 19, at this link.

At a glance, the governor’s 2021-23 budget proposal:

  • Establishes collective bargaining rights for state and local government frontline workers and their bargaining units to provide workers with the opportunity to negotiate together and require employers to meet regularly on policies affecting wages, hours and working conditions. This applies to the PK-12 and WTCS membership.
  • Makes substantial state investments in our K-12 schools by restoring the two-thirds funding commitment and increases the special education aid to achieve reimbursement rates of 45 percent in the first year with an increase to 50 percent in the second. It also directs $54 million to programs for student mental health, English Language Learners and rural schools.
  • Addresses the deteriorating quality of educator health benefits by studying the state’s own employee health insurance program as a potential solution to save districts’ resources and ensure the financial well-being of educators.

Detailed Budget Items