Emails Reveal Wisconsin Governor Walker Ready To Concede Key Points
Emails between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s chief of staff, Eric Schutt, and Democratic Senators Tim Cullen and Bob Jauch show a willingness on the part of the governor to concede certain points.
According to the e-mail, the changes would:
- Allow unions to bargain for wages beyond inflation rates, without a mandatory voter referendum.
- Permit collective bargaining on certain economic issues, including mandatory overtime, performance bonuses, hazardous duty pay, calendar and classroom size, as well as certification or license payment. Unions and public employers would be required to define the parameters of the negotiations in each case.
- Allow public workers at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority to keep their collective bargaining rights.
- Permit public workers to collectively bargain workplace safety issues, while restricting workers from negotiating hours, overtime, sick or family leave, work breaks and vacation.
- Limit collective bargaining agreements to one or two years.
- Require unions to register less than one year after the bill is signed into law, and compel their registration every three years to stay active. The original measure would mandate annual certification.
But there is no concession on one key point: the governor’s attempt to stop the union from collecting dues.Click here for reuse options!
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