UW-W faculty trekking to Capitol to deliver letter
Opposing Gov. Scott Walker’s budget is one thing.
Walking 43 miles across three counties to deliver that message to the Capitol steps is something different.
A small group of UW-Whitewater faculty members on Thursday will leave campus for Madison, carrying a letter outlining their stance on Walker’s proposal to cut millions in funding to universities across the state.
Faculty last week showed strong support for the letter during its spring meeting, expressing displeasure with the budget repair bill and proposed changes to the UW System that include breaking off UW-Madison into its own entity.
Staff at UW-W argue they lost contracted pay raises well before Walker announced $250 million in cuts to the UW System. The budget repair bill could take an additional 7 to 10 percent out of their salaries, even though professors at Wisconsin campuses earn up to 21 percent less than those at comparable universities in other states, faculty wrote.
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