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UW-Stevens Point facuilty considers union

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

STEVENS POINT, Wis (WSAU) UW-Stevens Point faculty will vote in February or March on forming a union to negotiate salary, benefits, and work conditions. One organizer says 75-pecent of faculty members signed union cards last year. A card drive and other organizing activities are continuing in January.

Math professor Andy felt tells the Stevens Point Journal that a union is in the long-term benefit of the university. He says U-W-S-P salaries are already 20-percent lower than other schools, and the pay difference makes it difficult to attract staff.

There have been concerns about Governor Scott Walker's hard-line for state employees. He already delayed the signing of contracts for some state workers, and has publicly said he'll ask for concessions to lower the state's budget deficit.