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AFT, Democrats want UW System to sign union deal (12:17 p.m. 1/6/10)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A union and some Democratic lawmakers are asking the University of Wisconsin System to sign a legal agreement that could make it easier for faculty and staff to organize unions.

AFT-Wisconsin wants the UW to sign a “neutrality agreement” that would govern the conduct of organizers and administrators during union drives.

Union spokeswoman Jill Bakken said the deal would put in writing the system’s stated position of neutrality. She said the deal should allow organizers to use campus mail and speak with colleagues during work hours, which has been discouraged by system policies.

UW System spokesman David Giroux said that signing an agreement should be unnecessary because its position of neutrality is clear.

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