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Wisconsin's workers haven't only fought back with protests and recall efforts. Since Scott Walker began his attack on Wisconsin's public employees, faculty at three University of Wisconsin campuses have voted to join the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

In February, faculty at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse voted in favor of the union by a 249-37 margin. March 9, University of Wisconsin-Stout joined the union 196-31. March 24, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 148-16.

"What we've seen at UW-River Falls today is an extension of what we've seen across our state since Walker announced his disastrous bill," stated Wes Chapin, a professor of political science and chair of his department.

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According to Prof. Chapin, Gov. Walker's budget repair bill further galvanized the faculty's resolve to form a union. "When it became clear that the governor's extremist legislation had nothing to do with balancing the budget and everything to do with denying workers' rights, UW-River Falls faculty realized the urgency in this vote. Together, we stood up, took notice, and turned out to vote."

It's hard to think of many better ways to throw Walker's assaults on workers back in his face—at least, hard to think of many better ways between now and when he can be defeated at the polls.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Mar 26, 2011 at 06:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Progressive Hippie.

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