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NEA President: Ruling illustrates the political motive of the law

WASHINGTON - March 30, 2012 -

The following is a statement by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel regarding a federal judge’s ruling today striking down two provisions of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial “so-called” budget repair bill, Wisconsin Act 10, of 2011. The court ruled that the state cannot prevent public employee unions from collecting dues and cannot require they recertify annually.

“What is clear about today’s decision is that Gov. Scott Walker’s political power-grab, political favoritism and attempt to silence the voices of workers were rejected by the federal court. As a result, workers will regain their First Amendment rights and have a voice in the workplace.

“We still have a long way to go. We will not rest until workers’ rights to negotiate for fair wages and safe working conditions are fully restored.”

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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