Superior Teacher's Union Will Keep Classes Going During Protest

By KBJR News 1

February 18, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 10:50 PM CDT

SUPERIOR, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Superior teachers met Friday to talk about how they should approach the controversial legislation in Madison.

While some districts have closed in support of the protests, but Superior's schools are taking a different approach.

Several Superior teachers have taken personal time to go down to Madison, but the district is keeping all classes covered with substitutes to keep the schools going as usual, which it believes is important.

Earlier this week students left schools in support of their teachers, but the district and union say they would like to keep kids in school, so they don't lose out on their education.

The teachers and the union say they are still committed to their public service right now even though they are fighting Walker's proposal.

One union member says the legislation could have a snowball effect.

"We're talking about the end of collective bargaining rights. That is unbelievable, and if people think that this is where it ends, if we lose our rights, how far behind can you be," said Dana Parask, executive secretary of the Superior Federation of Teachers.

Parask says the union has gotten calls and emails from all over the world asking how it plans to protect rights and how a movement like this could happen in the U.S.

Parask also believes if the measure passed, many Northwestern Wisconsin residents could lose homes and businesses.

Parask told me teachers are not planning on striking at this point.

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