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Act 10 protest was international news -- Eunice Gibson

Act 10 protest was international news -- Eunice Gibson

My mother was a teacher. My in-laws were both teachers. I have taught high schoolers both here in Dane County and in Panama, and a loved one is now a Madison Public School teacher and a member of Madison Teachers Inc.

So of course we marched, all of us, children and grandchildren.

But the memory that stays with me happened at a meeting of the Inter-American Bar Association in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 2018. I presented a paper on reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities and, after my talk, a law professor from Brazil came up to me and asked about the Act 10 demonstrations. He had often seen them on TV, and he wondered what the outcome had been.

I had to say that it was disappointing. I told him that I believed Act 10 did long-term damage to employee relations and to public education.

Eunice Gibson, Madison

The only Republican senator to vote against Act 10 a decade ago is our guest on today's political podcast, "Center Stage, with Milfred and Hands." Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

The Great Divide: 10 years since Act 10

A decade later, the Wisconsin State Journal looks back at the historic debate and protests over the controversial anti-union law known as Act 10.

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