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Should Wisconsin Feel Sorry for Marty Beil?

View Comments Comments | Posted in General It's Working News | By Nick Novak | Posted February 24, 2014 10:14 AM
Should Wisconsin Feel Sorry for Marty Beil?

The New York Times recently highlighted Wisconsin's Act 10 and effects the law has had in the state. As other states consider standing up to public unions, Wisconsin serves as a working success story. Limiting collective bargaining in the state has saved taxpayers billions of dollars, but labor bosses continue to call it "devastating." Read More »

Federal Court Judge Rules Against School Districts in WEA Trust Lawsuit

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working at the County level | By Nick Novak | Posted December 17, 2013 4:48 PM
Federal Court Judge Rules Against School Districts in WEA Trust Lawsuit

December 17, 2013 [Milwaukee, Wisc...] Insurance provider WEA Trust acted within its legal authority when it refused to release several hundred thousand dollars in federal money to school districts that dropped the company after the passage of Act 10, according... Read More »

Merit Raises Mark a Change for Wisconsin Public Employees

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working at the County level | By Nick Novak | Posted December 17, 2013 2:56 PM
Merit Raises Mark a Change for Wisconsin Public Employees

Merit pay--wage increases based on performance--may be commonplace in the private sector, but mark a new era for Wisconsin's public sector. This new shift towards merit pay in the public sector is due mostly in part to collective bargaining restrictions put in place by Act 10. Many workers will receive raises automatically, but merit pay can be offered in addition to that rate. Read More »

Municipalities and School Districts Working Towards a More Cost Effective Health Care Solution

View Comments Comments | Posted in General It's Working News | By Nick Novak | Posted December 12, 2013 4:13 PM
Municipalities and School Districts Working Towards a More Cost Effective Health Care Solution

[Wausau, Wisc...] Local municipalities and school districts in Marathon County are working together to cut the costs of health care for employees, while still saving money for taxpayers. The two groups are working on a plan to unite under one health care insurance company. Read More »

From the Onalaska Holmen Courier-Life: Holmen School Board eyes insurance recommendations

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted October 25, 2013 1:22 PM
From the Onalaska Holmen Courier-Life: Holmen School Board eyes insurance recommendations

With the help of Holmen's recently formed 12-person Health Insurance Review Committee, healthier employees and fewer claims mean reduced premium costs for everyone. District employees now pay 20 percent or more of the premium costs, allowing for more breathing room in the district's overall budget. But the higher individual and family insurance plan costs for employees have lead to new wellness initiatives to help drive premium costs down. Read More »

Oshkosh Teachers Union Seizes Bargaining Opportunity After Court Ruling

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted October 23, 2013 11:14 AM
Oshkosh Teachers Union Seizes Bargaining Opportunity After Court Ruling

The Oshkosh teachers' union is taking a decision by Dane County Judge Juan Colas to mean that they can once again collectively bargain for salary increases in the school district. The union believes they have "a window" to negotiate in, but the school board disagrees. Read More »

From the Wausau Daily Hearld - Wausau District to Change How Teachers are Paid

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted August 27, 2013 8:42 AM
From the Wausau Daily Hearld - Wausau District to Change How Teachers are Paid

The Wausau School District is looking to make changes to the pay structure for teachers. They have formed a committee of teachers, administrators, and school board members to find a better, more effective way to pay teachers. Thanks to the reforms that Act 10 put in place, the school district is able to switch the pay structure to a performance based one and not solely on seniority. The district hopes to have the new pay plan in place by the 2014-2015 school year. Read More »

From the Wausau Daily Herald - Wausau School Board approves workplace rules for teachers

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted August 21, 2013 1:49 PM
From the Wausau Daily Herald - Wausau School Board approves workplace rules for teachers

The Wausau School District recently approved new workplace rules for teachers that will allow the district to lay off teachers based on educational needs rather than basing personnel decisions on seniority. This is the district's first contract renewal since Act 10 and the reforms passed by Governor Walker allowed changes to be made that will keep the best teachers in the classroom, not just the most senior educators. Read More »

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Better management, Act 10 cut city overtime by nearly 30%

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working at the Local level | By Nick Novak | Posted August 7, 2013 10:01 AM
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Better management, Act 10 cut city overtime by nearly 30%

The city of Milwaukee paid out 30 percent less overtime in 2012 thanks in part to changes coming from Act 10. City budget director Mark Nicolini gave some credit for the savings to Act 10 saying, "We think (Act 10) has had a meaningful impact." Officials also credited better budgeting and planning by departments. Read More »

Waukesha Emphasizes Recruitment, Retention of New Teachers with Help from Act 10

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By Nick Novak | Posted July 25, 2013 10:37 AM
Waukesha Emphasizes Recruitment, Retention of New Teachers with Help from Act 10

They may be tardy, but they have a note. The Waukesha School District has finally settled the teacher salary plan for the 2011-2012 school year. The salary plan is not without controversy because of the way raises are to be handled out. The salary plan favors more recently hired teachers over those with more seniority. Read More »

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