UNDATED (WSAU) Today is the deadline for teachers unions around the state to decide if they'll hold recertification votes. The votes are required under the state's new collective bargaining law for public employees.
115 teachers unions have announced recertification votes already, and that number is expected to go up today. There are other union chapters that will not.
Even if teachers vote to keep their union, they won't be able to negotiate over benefits and work rules. They'd only be able to bargain over salary, which is capped at the inflation rate.
The unions were further weakened because union dues are no longer deducted directly from teachers' paychecks. WEAC -- the state's largest teachers union -- laid off 40 staff members earlier this year, in part because of lost revenue from the change in automatic dues-deductions.