SUPERIOR, Wis. (WTAQ) - This is the second and final day of voting by UW-Superior faculty members, to decide if they want to unionize. UW instructors were the final state employees to be given the right to collective bargaining. It was put into the state budget almost a year ago. Superior is the first to hold a union vote.
Political science professor Gloria Toivola says she’s been working toward bargaining rights since the 1970’s – and it will be easier to tell university officials what they need to do a better job. Faculty at Eau Claire will vote next week.
Mark Evenson of the Association of UW Professionals says it’s critical that both votes be approved in order for similar efforts to succeed at other campuses. He does not expect union votes right away at Madison and Milwaukee, because of the large numbers of faculty on those campuses. Evenson says many campuses won’t hold union votes until next year. To hold a vote, 30 percent of the faculty must sign cards. 75 percent signed them at Superior.