In the weeks after Wisconsin Education Association Council unions held recertification votes, the Gibraltar Area School Board is making sure teachers know they still have a voice. Approximately 98 percent of Wisconsin’s school district unions approved recertification last month, including unanimous approvals by members at Luxemburg-Casco and Sevastopol. According to an email from Gibraltar Area School District Board President Mark Weborg, a number of small groups feel they are not currently represented. To be fair to all, he wrote, “we will treat every employee the same.” You can read the full statement from Weborg online with this story. A call to a Gibraltar school teacher for comment was directed to Superintendent Tina Van Meer, who turned the duty for a response to Weborg. Other than Luxemburg-Casco and Sevastopol, there are no other certified school district unions in Door and Kewaunee counties.
The GEA is not a certified union through the legal process for the state of Wisconsin. The board still speaks to individuals that associate as the GEA, but the GEA is not a legally recognized union.
Under Act 10, all unions are required to "certify" through an annual election. The decision to certify annually as a union is a decision solely for the GEA. It is not a district decision.
The Board is simply recognizing that all employees have an individual voice.