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    Weberpal...is this what you are supporting?





    I support the Right To Work organization. Sodak has a RTW law, so both unions and non-union workers are accomodated. What's wrong with that concept?


    Right now, the unions are the tail wagging the dog. And much like the voters that put Obama in the White House, and are crying about it now, voters in Wisconsin put a conservative in the Governors position, knowing full well what he intended to do...CUT COSTS! But now, since YOUR ox is being gored, the Democrats are whining. What did you think would happen??? Elections have consequences.

    Furthermoe, if you folks would be intellectually honest, what your Governor is proposing has nothing to do with the unions right to negotiate wages. So please be truthful when you post, and not just another union toady.

    This following from the RTW newsletter.

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    If you want an example of the sense of entitlement and desperation of union brass who will do anything to protect their power over taxpayers and government, look no further than Madison, Wisconsin.

    You see, Big Labor-backed incumbents paid a price at the polls in November, and now Right to Work forces are on the march across the country demanding newly-elected state legislators and governors stick to their promises.

    In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker has proposed a bill to give most government employees the Right to Work without having to pay tribute to a labor union.

    The government unions are going ballistic because the law would take state government out of the hands of Big Labor, and put it back where it belongs – with the people's elected government.

    Disturbingly, teacher union militants in Madison staged a "sick-out" on Wednesday and Thursday to protest the proposed law.

    The shocking tactic shut down the schools, denying students two days of learning, forcing parents to adjust their schedules, and costing the taxpayers.

    The teacher union bosses' extremism echoes the infamous philosophy of former American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union mogul Al Shanker: "When school children start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of school children."

    Now forced unionism extremists are flooding the capitol with hate-filled signs like the one at the top of this message. They are blatantly lying about what the proposed bill does, and they've pressured Big Labor-backed Democrats to flee out of the state to shut down the state senate.

    It's easy to see that the union czars won't give up their power without a fight. That's why we have to remain vigilant.

    And we're making great strides nationwide. Just this week, the New Hampshire state house passed a Right to Work bill to make union dues payment strictly voluntary in the Granite State. The next step is a vote in the state senate.

    In the coming days and weeks, the battles against Big Labor in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and other forced unionism states will become even more crucial.

    You can see in Wisconsin the length the union militants will go to protect their government-granted monopoly privileges and power.


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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmylabs23139 View Post
    The people VOTED in Nov. These fools need to get their butts back to WI and do their job. They are earning a salary to be in the state of WI and vote nnot run away from their job and hide in IL.
    They have attempted to push the bill through in 4 days without negotiations from the people. The Dems are doing their job by not being there and having the bill passed without discussions. It's not a stunt, it's Democracy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weberpal78 View Post
    They have attempted to push the bill through in 4 days without negotiations from the people. The Dems are doing their job by not being there and having the bill passed without discussions. It's not a stunt, it's Democracy.
    Ha, ha, ha! I don't care who you are, that's funny right there!

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    Bill,
    You hit it right on the head...............

    That represents 1% of the protestors.

    Again, it's not about negotiating wages, that right will remain with this bill. It's about bargaining for other rights which I have outlined in previous posts.
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    To be fiscally Responsible is hard. About time some one started. Thank you Gov. Scott Walker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weberpal78 View Post
    They have attempted to push the bill through in 4 days without negotiations from the people. The Dems are doing their job by not being there and having the bill passed without discussions. It's not a stunt, it's Democracy.
    We had negotiations.
    It was called the ELECTION!!!

    Your free ride (on our back) is OVER!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by weberpal78 View Post
    They're giving time for the people's voices to be heard, are we still in America?
    The peoples voices were heard.

    It's called the ELECTION!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by weberpal78 View Post
    They have attempted to push the bill through in 4 days without negotiations from those with their nose in the trough.
    Fixed it for you! I'll give you a little history.

    In the mid 70's I served on a school board, at the time was both Chair of the Board & Negotiations chair, so I've heard your stuff that is mostly myth. Anyway, Seattle teachers struck that year & our teachers were feeling their oats. They show at the SB meeting with their buttons (BTW, made by one of our school principals) saying SEATTLE Did. The grapevine had warned me this was going to happen, so when I took my jacket off there was a homemade Hortonville Did on my shirt. The buzz went through all 127 of them, & there was no strike.

    In case you haven't been made aware of Hortonville, it is in WI, & they fired all their teachers when they went on strike & it stuck. Your lines are pathetic, my best elementary teachers were people who didn't have a full year of college. They also handled however many showed up to be taught & they either absorbed some of that or were flunked. Which is what most of the efforts of teachers today deserve, Flunking. I've had this discussion with a local columnist, the point I made with him is the best are already being properly compensated while the rest are grossly overpaid &/or should be replaced.
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    For Immediate Release
    Friday, February 11, 2011

    Governor Walker Introduces Budget Repair



    Emergency measure is needed to balance the state budget and give government the tools to manage during economic crisis



    Madison– Governor Walker today released details of his budget repair bill.



    “We must take immediate action to ensure fiscal stability in our state,” said Governor Walker. “This budget repair bill will meet the immediate needs of our state and give government the tools to deal with this and future budget crises.”



    The state of Wisconsin is facing an immediate deficit of $137 million for the current fiscal year which ends July 1. In addition, bill collectors are waiting to collect over $225 million for a prior raid of the Patients’ Compensation Fund.



    The budget repair bill will balance the budget and lay the foundation for a long-term sustainable budget through several measures without raising taxes, raiding segregated funds, or using accounting gimmicks.



    First, it will require state employees to pay about 5.8% toward their pension (about the private sector national average) and about 12% of their healthcare benefits (about half the private sector national average). These changes will help the state save $30 million in the last three months of the current fiscal year.



    “It’s fair to ask public employees to make a pension payment of just over 5%, which is about the national average, and a premium payment of 12%, which is about half of the national average,” said Governor Walker.



    The budget repair will also restructure the state debt, lowering the state’s interest rate, saving the state $165 million.



    These changes will help the state fulfill its Medicaid spending on needy families of about $170 million; funding that the previous administration did not have in its budget. It will also allow the state to spend an additional $21 million in the Department of Corrections.



    Additionally, the budget repair bill gives state and local governments the tools to manage spending reductions through changing some provisions of the state’s collective bargaining laws.



    The state’s civil service system, among the strongest in the country, would remain in place. State and local employees could continue to bargain for base pay, they would not be able to bargain over other compensation measures. Local police, fire and state patrol would be exempted from the changes. Other reforms will include state and local governments not collecting union dues, annual certification will be required in a secret ballot, and any employee can opt out of paying union dues.



    A full summary of the Governor’s budget repair bill is below.



    Fiscal Year 2010-11 Budget Adjustment Bill Items



    Employee Compensation:



    Pension contributions: Currently, state, school district and municipal employees that are members of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) generally pay little or nothing toward their pensions. The bill would require that employees of WRS employers, and the City and County of Milwaukee contribute 50 percent of the annual pension payment. The payment amount for WRS employees is estimated to be 5.8 percent of salary in 2011.



    Health insurance contributions: Currently, state employees on average pay approximately 6 percent of annual health insurance premiums. This bill will require that state employees pay at least 12.6 percent of the average cost of annual premiums. In addition, the bill would require changes to the plan design necessary to reduce current premiums by 5 percent. Local employers participating in the Public Employers Group Health insurance would be prohibited from paying more than 88 percent of the lowest cost plan. The bill would also authorize the Department of Employee Trust Funds to use $28 million of excess balances in reserve accounts for health insurance and pharmacy benefits to reduce health insurance premium costs.



    Health insurance cost containment strategies: The bill directs the Department of Employee Trust Funds and the Group Insurance Board to implement health risk assessments and similar programs aimed at participant wellness, collect certain data related to assessing health care provider quality and effectiveness, and verify the status of dependents participating in the state health insurance program. In addition, it modifies the membership of the Group Insurance Board to require that the representative of the Attorney General be an attorney to ensure the board has access to legal advice among its membership.



    Pension changes for elected officials and appointees: The bill modifies the pension calculation for elected officials and appointees to be the same as general occupation employees and teachers. Current law requires these positions to pay more and receive a different multiplier for pension calculation than general classification employees. Under the state constitution, this change will be effective for elected officials at the beginning of their next term of office.



    Modifications to Wisconsin Retirement System and state health insurance plans: The bill directs the Department of Administration, Office of State Employment Relations and Department of Employee Trust Funds to study and report on possible changes to the Wisconsin Retirement System, including defined contribution plans and longer vesting periods. The three agencies must also study and report on changes to the current state health insurance plans, including health insurance purchasing exchanges, larger purchasing pools, and high-deductible insurance options.



    General fund impact – Authorize the Department of Administration Secretary to lapse or transfer from GPR and PR appropriations (excluding PR appropriations to the University of Wisconsin) to the general fund estimated savings of approximately $30 million from implementing these provisions for state employees in the current fiscal year (2010-11). Segregated funds would retain any savings from these measures.



    State and Local Government and School District Labor Relations:



    Collective bargaining – The bill would make various changes to limit collective bargaining for most public employees to wages. Total wage increases could not exceed a cap based on the consumer price index (CPI) unless approved by referendum. Contracts would be limited to one year and wages would be frozen until the new contract is settled. Collective bargaining units are required to take annual votes to maintain certification as a union. Employers would be prohibited from collecting union dues and members of collective bargaining units would not be required to pay dues. These changes take effect upon the expiration of existing contracts. Local law enforcement and fire employees, and state troopers and inspectors would be exempt from these changes.



    Career executive transfers – The bill would allow state employees in the career executive positions to be reassigned between agencies upon agreement of agency heads.



    Limited term employees (LTE) – The bill would prohibit LTE's from being eligible for health insurance or participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System.



    State employee absences and other work actions – If the Governor has declared a state of emergency, the bill authorizes appointing authorities to terminate any employees that are absent for three days without approval of the employer or any employees that participate in an organized action to stop or slow work.



    Quality Health Care Authority – The bill repeals the authority of home health care workers under the Medicaid program to collectively bargain.



    Child care labor relations – The bill repeals the authority of family child care workers to collectively bargain with the State.



    University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) Board and Authority – The bill repeals collective bargaining for UWHC employees. State positions currently employed by the UWHC Board are eliminated and the incumbents are transferred to the UWHC Authority.



    University of Wisconsin faculty and academic staff - The bill repeals the authority of UW faculty and academic staff to collectively bargain.








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    The rest....
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    Debt Restructuring – The bill authorizes the restructuring of principal payments in fiscal year 2010-11 on the state's general obligation bonds. These principal repayments will be paid in future years. Since the state is required to make debt service payments by March 15th, the bill must be enacted by February 25th to allow time to sell the refinancing bonds. This provision will reduce debt service costs by $165 million in fiscal year 2010-11. This savings will help address one‑time costs to comply with the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund state Supreme Court decision and make payments under the Minnesota‑Wisconsin tax reciprocity program.



    Medicaid



    Address FY11 Medicaid deficit – Medicaid costs are expected to exceed current GPR appropriations by $153 million. The bill would increase the Medicaid GPR appropriation to address this shortfall.



    Authorize DHS to restructure program notwithstanding current law – Medicaid costs have increased dramatically due to the recession and expanded program eligibility. In order to reduce the growth in costs, the bill authorizes the Department of Health Services to make program changes notwithstanding limits in state law related to specific program provisions. The department is expected to develop new approaches on program benefits, eligibility determination and provider cost-effectiveness. The proposed changes will require passive approval of the Joint Committee on Finance before implementation.



    Technical correction – Act 28 included language that required unused GPR expenditure authority in the Medicaid GPR appropriation at the end of the biennium to be carried over to the subsequent biennium. The bill repeals this provision in order to ensure unspent funds in Medicaid lapse to the general fund balance.



    Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) – The bill transfers an estimated $3 million in savings in this appropriation to Medicaid. ADRC's are the intake and assessment element of the state's Family Care program.



    Corrections – The bill provides $22 million GPR to address shortfalls in the Department of Corrections adult institutions appropriation. These shortfalls are due to health care costs, overtime, and reductions in salary and fringe benefit budgets under Act 28.



    Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Funding for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – The bill allocates $37 million of excess TANF revenues to increase TANF funding for the EITC from $6.6 million to $43.6 million in fiscal year 2010-11. By increasing TANF funding, GPR funding for the EITC is reduced by a commensurate amount.



    Income Augmentation Revenues – Allow the Department of Children and Families and Department of Health Services to utilize $6.5 million of already identified income augmentation revenues to meet fiscal year 2010-11 lapse requirements.



    Act 28 Required Lapses by DOA Secretary – Under Act 28, the Department of Administration Secretary is required to lapse or transfer a total of $680 million in 2009-11 from appropriations made to executive branch agencies to the general fund. The bill would reduce this amount by $79 million to ensure the lapses can be met in the next five months as this was ineffectively addressed by the previous administration.



    Lapse of Funding from Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) Appropriation – The JCF appropriation includes $4.5 million related to estimated fiscal year 2010-11 implementation costs of 2009 Wisconsin Act 100 (operating while intoxicated enforcement changes). This funding is not anticipated to be needed in fiscal year 2010-11 and the bill lapses these amounts to the general fund balance.



    Sale of State Heating Plants – The bill authorizes the Department of Administration to sell state heating plants. The proceeds from any sale, net of remaining debt service, would be deposited in the budget stabilization fund.



    Shift Key Cabinet Agency Positions to Unclassified Status – The bill creates unclassified positions for chief legal counsel, public information officer and legislative liaison activities in cabinet agencies. An equivalent number of classified positions are deleted to offset the new unclassified positions. These activities are critical to each cabinet agency's overall mission and should have direct accountability to the agency head.
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