Act 10

A Wisconsin Appeals Court has sided with the City of Milwaukee, when it comes to which entity sets health care costs for police and fire fighters - the municipality decides.

Gov. Walker's Act 10 ended nearly all public union rights in Wisconsin, except for police and fighters. However, lawmakers also extended a provision that prohibits first-responders from negotiating the design of their health insurance plans. The design includes such items as co-pays and deductibles.

Earlier this week, the MATC Board and its teachers union reached a new one-year contract – months ahead of schedule. The pact takes effect next February, when the existing three-year contract expires.

MATC
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The MATC Board and its faculty union agreed to a new one-year contract this week, set to take effect in 2014, when their existing three-year pact expires.

What makes the deal noteworthy is the fact it happened months earlier than usual and while courts consider challenges to Act 10. That relatively new state law prohibits most public unions from negotiating for anything except limited pay increases.

Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to end collective bargaining rights for state employees has sparked protests – a labor relations expert tells us what’s at stake. Cheryl Maranto is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Management at the Marquette University College of Business Administration. She spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

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