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MPS Board Approves $6 million in Retiree Health Care Savings

View Comments Comments | Posted in General It's Working News | By Matt Crumb | Posted October 1, 2014 4:19 PM
MPS Board Approves $6 million in Retiree Health Care Savings

Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) expects to save $6 million a year as the school board opts to switch health plans for their retirees. Approved by the board in mid-September, MPS retirees eligible for post-employment health care benefits will make a "seamless" transition to the Group Medicare Advantage PPO Plan. Read More »

Act 10 Boosts Teacher Pay in Neenah by 20 Percent

View Comments Comments | By Matt Crumb | Posted September 8, 2014 3:54 PM
Act 10 Boosts Teacher Pay in Neenah by 20 Percent

John McCormack of Weekly Standard magazine brings to light more positive effects of Act 10 for Wisconsin's local school districts in an article from the magazine's latest issue. McCormack, a senior writer for the national magazine, took time to investigate how Neenah Joint School District is faring after Act 10's reforms. Read More »

Another Round of Act 10 Taxpayer Savings

View Comments Comments | Posted in General It's Working News | By Matt Crumb | Posted September 8, 2014 8:16 AM
Another Round of Act 10 Taxpayer Savings

It's Working - Fox Valley Technical College is projected to save over $3.25 million annually because of changes to employee health care and pension contributions, according to its 2014-15 adopted budget. Read More »

Racine County Insurance Swap Saves Money for Taxpayers and Retired County Workers

View Comments Comments | By Matt Crumb | Posted August 29, 2014 9:50 AM
Racine County Insurance Swap Saves Money for Taxpayers and Retired County Workers

The Racine County Board recently approved an insurance change for some of it's retirees that is estimated to save around $840,000.
 County retirees who are eligible for Medicare will be transitioned to private insurer Humana while retaining all of their former coverage. Savings will come as the county is no longer on the hook for paying claims filed by retirees. Read More »

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 »

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