Unions are reacting with disappointment though not surprise to Thursday's state Supreme Court ruling upholding Act 10, the legislation that limits public employee unions’ ability to bargain collectively.
Julie Allen, IT Computer Programmer at the Oneida County Courthouse, is on the executive board of Wisconsin’s chapter of AFCSME Council 40, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Allen says Act 10 has created negative changes in the workplace.
By a vote of 18-0, the Oneida County Board changed the way they compensate employees.
Following the enactment of ACT 10, governments have been formulating new pay approaches after collective bargaining for most public unions was eliminated. Oneida County contracted with consultant Charles Carlson, who suggested pay scales built on market value and performance, rather than a time served basis. The adopted system enacts a new step system for non-supervisory jobs and performance based pay for supervisors. It does put caps on some pay levels.
Numbers compiled by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance show per school student spending rose just over one percent during the last school year.
A new report by the Madison-based non-profit finds per student school spending rose 1.1 percent.
WISTAX spokesperson Dale Knapp says the latest numbers reflect the legislature's move in 2012 that cut district revenue limits by more than 5 percent then increased them modestly last year. Knapp says school districts used the changes brought about in the controversial ACT 10 legislation...
You might have noticed that your county board is going through major change.
The impetus for the change stems from implementation of Act 10, the controversial legislation enacted into law two years ago that bans most public employee unions in Wisconsin. The legality of the law will be decided by the state Supreme Court. In the meantime, counties are struggling to handle their vastly increased responsibilities.