Unions urge contract approval before Walker steps into office as Governor
By Kyle Maichle
MADISON, Wisconsin: New evidence was revealed by a conservative think tank that exposed the intent of Wisconsin public sector union leaders demanding the Legislature to move on a lame-duck session to approve overdue contracts. Also, one letter from a union leader urged rank-and-file members to approve the agreements before Scott Walker was sworn in as Governor
The Madison-based MacIver Institute released the letters on its website on December 6, 2010. In a letter written by AFSCME Council 24 President Robert Linn and Executive Director Marty Beil, the leaders stated: "We, along with the bargaining team feel that it's important to have a contract in place before the Walker Administration takes over." Also, the letter revealed that if the contracts were approved by it's rank and file members, a lame-duck session could begin on the week of December 13, 2010.
In a separate report, a union spokesman did confirm to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the remarks in the letter were true and spoke for itself. However, officials for AFSCME Council 24 refused to disclose further details of the authorization election. Results of the election would be released after the December 10, 2010 deadline for rank and file members to submit ballots.
The MacIver Institute along with Republican Legislators have called called on outgoing Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan and Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker to release the full details of the proposed collective bargaining agreements online for public access. The organization has been able to obtain related documents to the contracts and have posted it on their website.
- CLICK HERE for the proposed contract for state employees represented by Wisconsin AFSCME Council 24
- CLICK HERE for the proposed contract for state employees represented by the Wisconsin Professional Employees Council
- MacIver Institute, "Labor Leaders Given Advance Notice of Legislative Action, Ahead of GOP, Public and Press," December 6, 2010
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Union leaders seek contracts before Walker takes office," December 6, 2010
- MacIver Institute, "MacIver Institute Solicits Copies of Proposed Contracts from State Employees," November 30, 2010