Like teachers in Chippewa Falls, members of a teachers union in Cadott are meeting to talk about Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.
Shirley Froelich, president of the teachers union in the Cadott School District, is passing on what she hears from the state union to the Cadott faculty.
“I think that it will have a direct impact on our children and their staff. You know, I think the teachers here have a real interest in the children … they want to make sure that the quality of education continues in Wisconsin,” she said. “And many people here have concerns, obviously, about the economic impact it will have on them.“
She said the teachers in her district knew something like this might happen.
“We knew during the campaign that these were some of the things that Walker had commented on,” Froelich said, adding that it’s the aggressiveness with which the Republican governor is approaching it that they didn’t see coming.
“If you want changes to occur … you’d negotiate those changes in good faith,” she said, although Gov. Walker has said clearly he won’t negotiate on the issue.
“I think that there are some districts that probably will have a very significant impact … if you’re a small district with positions that are hard to fill,” Froelich said of teachers who may leave their jobs or retire as they are faced with the end of collective bargaining and increased health premiums.