In addition to hosting the reelection of President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, the upset victory of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin over long-time governor Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate, and other races for the U.S. House of Representatives, the 2012 election cycle also decided the races for the state assembly and half of the state senate.
The 2012 elections for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate changed little to the makeup of Congress. The Democrats’ majority over the Republicans in the U.S. Senate increased only slightly from 51-47 to 53-45. Likewise, the Republicans’ majority over the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives increased only slightly from 51-47 to 53-45.
As a result of the elections for the state … Continue reading
On October 25, 2012, for the second time in less than a week, the WPPA’s in-house legal staff achieved another major appeal victory overturning a recent decision by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC). This latest ruling confirms that Wisconsin’s new collective bargaining laws allow public safety employees to negotiate with their employers over the share or allocation of costs of a health insurance plan’s deductibles. Given the importance of this issue to law enforcement officers and their families, the impact of this latest litigation triumph stands to be very far-reaching.
Until the enactments of the “budget repair bill” and “state budget bill” in 2011 (Acts 10 and 32, respectively), all public employees had the ability to bargain over every … Continue reading
In a landmark ruling, the WPPA has won its appeal of a decision by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) over the issue of whether protective status county jailers constitute “public safety employees” with collective bargaining rights under new laws enacted in 2011. These laws eviscerated the rights of most public employees to bargain over wages, benefits, and working conditions. The WPPA was the first labor organization in the state to challenge county employers on this issue, and this successful decision is a tremendous victory for many of the dedicated men and women who serve their communities in county jail facilities. Due to the WPPA’s efforts alone, protective status county jailers must now be recognized as members of the public … Continue reading