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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 »

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 »

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 Lake Country Reporter - WEA Seeks to Dismiss Lawsuit

View Comments Comments | Posted in General It's Working News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 14, 2013 9:07 PM
From the Lake Country Reporter - WEA Seeks to Dismiss Lawsuit

150 school districts from around the state are suing WEA Trust, accusing WEA Trust of withholding "federal aid requested in 2010 on behalf of the districts in an attempt to "coerce" them into signing new contracts with the trust." WEA... Read More »

From the Journal Sentinel - Madison teachers push for union contract through 2015

View Comments Comments | Posted in General It's Working News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 8, 2013 8:13 AM
From the Journal Sentinel - Madison teachers push for union contract through 2015

From the Journal Sentinel - The union representing Madison public school teachers is pushing for a contract that would extend through at least June 30, 2015, the State Journal reports. The Madison Teachers Inc. union filed April 24 for new negotiations as state officials continued to push for a speedy Supreme Court decision closing the door on such contract extensions. Read More »

State Agencies Reduce Overtime Costs by 22 Percent in 2012

View Comments Comments | Posted in General It's Working News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 1, 2013 2:11 PM
State Agencies Reduce Overtime Costs by 22 Percent in 2012

MacIver News Service - The state of Wisconsin saved $13.7 million on state employees' reduced overtime in 2012 as a result of Act 10's structural reforms. The 22 percent reduction in overtime costs was a factor in the state's surplus, which will prove beneficial in the 2013-2015 budget. Overtime costs across all state agencies decreased from $63.1 million in 2011 to $49.4 million in 2012. Read More »

From the Appleton Post Crescent - Appleton schools turn to new insurance carrier, model

View Comments Comments | Posted in It's Working in the Schools | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted April 29, 2013 10:24 AM
From the Appleton Post Crescent - Appleton schools turn to new insurance carrier, model

From the Post Crescent - "Despite concerns of active and retired teachers, Appleton's Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to switch insurance carriers, which could save the district millions with higher deductible plans." Read More »

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