GOP Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Bargaining Over Health Insurance

Under a bill introduced recently by Republican lawmakers, public employees would be prohibited from bargaining over the selection of a health care coverage plan in certain circumstances. Authored by Rep. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwautosa), Assembly Bill 110 would also alter the law governing local public labor relations by allowing any employer to unilaterally change its employees’ heath care plan.

Efforts to control the ever-increasing costs of health care in Wisconsin should not come at the expense of the labor rights currently afforded to public employees. The WPPA has strongly opposed this legislation in the past, and will continue to do so in this current legislative session. WPPA members are encouraged to consult the WPPA website and magazine, the Wisconsin Police Journal, for updates on this tremendously damaging legislation.

For more information on Assembly Bill 110, go to http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2007/data/AB-110.pdf, or contact WPPA Assistant Executive Director Jim Palmer, either by telephone at 800.362.8838, or by e-mail at palmer@wppa.com.

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