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Act 10 was designed to save taxpayers from having to kick in a crushing amount of their money to fund lavish benefits for a minority, putting balance back into the relationship between government and the unions that represent its employees.
Activist judges have put the law on hold based upon ideology and not the letter of the law.
Several agencies, now, have lept at the chance to get into the good graces of the union that will in turn contribute to their reelection funds. From WISN 12:
Milwaukee's county board wants to give workers $1,800 toward their health insurance deductibles, but the plan is raising controversy.
Some are calling it an end run around the law that requires public employees to pick up part of the tab for their benefits. Milwaukee County workers said they're already paying more than everyone else.
It was the battle that divided the state -- the fight over a law to require public employees to pay a share of their health care and pension benefits.
In the end, Act 10 plan passed, and workers were supposed to pay more for insurance, but in Milwaukee County, the county board wants taxpayers to pick up part of that added cost.
Supervisor Joe Sanfelippo voted against it.
"It's an end run around Act 10. It's a way to give employees the money they should be paying towards their health care legally, but it's an end run to give it back to them," Sanfelippo said.
Remember, this is the same board that approved horrifying payments to workers that allow them to become millionaires not because of their hard work and smart savings but instead through a quirk of the law. Milwaukee County, at the same time, sees its schools failing, public safety in question, and lacks any of the qualities that makes businesses want to move here (and is actively driving businesses away). This means that the city is in a death spiral, because taxes will continue to go up with a dwindling amount of people left to pay those taxes, most just leeching off the system.
Unless something is done to change the mindset of Milwaukee government, I don't see this course reversing itself.
Meanwhile the MATC board has announced that they are going to open negotiations with their union early to be able to skirt Act 10. From JSOnline:
With the state's collective bargaining law for public employees in legal limbo, Milwaukee Area Technical College's board of directors by a split vote agreed Monday to begin contract negotiations nearly a year early with the union representing faculty to take advantage of a window of opportunity to negotiate a wide range of issues the bargaining law prohibited.
After a one-hour closed meeting Monday afternoon, the board voted 5-4 to open negotiations for a one-year contract that would go into effect the day after the current three-year contract expires Feb. 15, 2014.
MATC board members Graciela Maizonet, José Pérez, Bobbie Webber, Lauren Baker and Ann Wilson voted in favor of opening negotiations immediately. Board members David Dull, Melanie Holmes, Michael Katz and Kurt Wachholz voted against it.
The college normally doesn't begin bargaining until about five months before a contract expires.
I'd bet you that MATC will come out crying in 2014 that they don't have enough money and need an emergency tax hike to help keep them solvent, or will severely jack tuition on their students, but I don't like making sucker bets.