State’s largest police group responds to Gov. Walker’s suggestion on expanding Act 10 to police & fire unions

(Madison, Wis.) – Responding to statements made yesterday by Gov. Scott Walker before the Governmental Research Association Conference in Milwaukee that he would consider signing legislation to expand Act 10 to include police officers and fire fighters, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association’s executive director, Jim Palmer, issued the following statement:

“Upon the introduction of his Act 10 legislation in 2010, Gov. Walker publicly expressed his belief that because public safety was so fundamentally important, police officers and fire fighters ought to maintain their rights to bargain over their wages, hours, and working conditions. If his comments yesterday were a trial balloon for a possible presidential run, then Gov. Walker has made a serious misstep. Law enforcement across the state supported the Governor in his last budget because he clearly had made law enforcement a top priority. Given that law enforcement officers and firefighters are almost universally paying towards their pensions and can no longer negotiate over their health insurance, there is no genuine need for a further expansion of Act 10. It is disappointing that public safety now appears to be taking a back seat to partisan presidential politics, and we hope the Governor reconsiders his unfortunate position on this issue.”

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CONTACT:
Jim Palmer
(608) 213-9180

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