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NEFW Spotlight: Non-Union Option Embraced in Wisconsin
posted by: Ruthie | June 27, 2013, 01:10 PM   

In honor of National Employee Freedom Week, a nationwide campaign offering an unparalleled focus on the freedoms union employees have to opt out of union membership, we are sharing stories of teachers who have exercised their rights and have chosen the organization that best meets their needs.

In Wisconsin, the non-union option is growing exponentially under freedom of choice. Local educator Kristi Lacroix first became frustrated with the union when she learned her union dues were going to political causes and candidacies she didn't agree with. However, under recent labor reforms, teachers in the state now have a choice whether to join the local teachers union. Free to make decisions that match their own budgets and values, hundreds of Wisconsin teachers have chosen to join AAE.

Kristi's story is a common one. Teachers know they need protection via professional educator liability insurance and legal services; however, non-partisan alternatives like AAE offer the protection a teacher needs but at a fraction of the cost. National Employee Freedom Week is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on all options for teachers. No educator should feel compelled to join a union and compromise their values for the sake of protection.

Featuring a diverse and nonpartisan coalition of state-based and national organizations, National Employee Freedom Week empowers employees with information to make the decision about union membership that's best for them, including identifying non-union alternatives that better advance their profession. Check out the National Employee Freedom Week's website to learn about union membership in your state and how you can opt out. Join the movement and share your story!

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