June 15, 2005
On June 14th, the WPPA’s arbitration of discipline bill, or Assembly Bill 185, passed the Wisconsin State Assembly in an impressive demonstration of bipartisan support. 69 legislators voted to support AB 185 and only 25 voted against the bill. Of those legislators voting to support AB 185, 39 were Republicans and 30 were Democrats.
Introduced by State Representative Garey Bies, Assembly Bill 185 would provide municipal law enforcement officers with the opportunity to appeal the disciplinary decision of a police and fire commission to an arbitrator, rather than to circuit court, if permitted in the officers’ collective bargaining agreement. The WPPA has sought this bill for many years, and the fact that this bill is … Continue reading
On May 18, the Assembly Committee on Corrections and the Courts conducted a hearing on Assembly Bill 225. Introduced by State Representative Stephen Freese (R-Dodgeville) and State Senator Dave Zien (R-Eau Claire), AB 225 would specifically classify county jailers as protective occupation participants for purposes of the Wisconsin Retirement System.
County jailers in Wisconsin currently endure substantial training requirements, and are forced to confront an extremely dangerous work environment. In fact, the training standards for county jailers, who do not receive protective status, are identical to those of state prison guards, who do enjoy this classification. Moreover, no one has disputed the fact that the job of a county jailer is at least as dangerous, if not more … Continue reading