WPPA Scores Critical Victory for State’s Law Enforcement Community in Oconto County

Pension Contribution Arbitration Case

Benefitting law enforcement officers all across Wisconsin, the WPPA prevailed in an arbitration case in Oconto County in which the employer attempted to force the deputies to pay the same pension contribution as other public employees without bargaining for it. The WPPA successfully argued that the interests and welfare of the public are best served when well-trained officers are treated fairly, and the arbitrator in this case agreed with the WPPA’s assertion that if the legislature had intended for law enforcement officers to make a pension contribution when they overhauled the state’s collective bargaining laws, they could have done so. The arbitrator acknowledged that the new bargaining laws do treat public safety employees differently that … Continue reading

The Officers in Medford Leave LAW for the WPPA

The WPPA is proud to announce that the Medford police officers have decided to leave the Labor Association of Wisconsin (LAW) and join the ranks of the WPPA. The addition of the Medford officers is further proof that the WPPA continues to grow because groups recognize that we provide superior services. The WPPA welcomes the Medford officers and is eager to begin providing them with the representation they deserve.

We Remember James Kumlien

WPPA member, James M. Kumlien passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. After graduating from Milton High School, Jim attended UW Oshkosh where earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Jim started his law enforcement career as a correctional officer for the Rock County Sheriff’s Department and in 1995 was hired by the Beloit Police Department as an officer. In addition to his patrol duties, Jim was a Hostage Negotiator, Evidence Technician and School Resource Officer.

Jim is survived by his wife Nicole and three children, James, Jacklyn and Michael. He was a member of water ski team Rock Aqua Jays where he watched his children soar to unimaginable heights in waterskiing. He coached them to compete for … Continue reading