Journal Sentinel Online: MTEA members vote down 2.6% salary contribution
Almost 2,300 members of the Milwaukee teachers union voted against a proposal to contribute a week’s worth of their pay – or 2.6% of their salary – to Milwaukee Public Schools to help reducing burgeoning class sizes, according to an email from the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association.
The notification from the MTEA late Monday night said that with a total of 3,931 members voting, 1,635 supported the MPS Children’s Week measure and 2,296 voted against it.
Voting took place between March 28 and 30.
“Over the course of the last several weeks, I have spoken with hundreds of MTEA members about this issue,” Bob Peterson, MTEA president, said in a statement. “I heard again and again from members, especially those with outstanding student loans, who said that as a result of financial sacrifices they have already made to the district, they simply could not make the kind of additional contributions that were proposed.”