Milwaukee, WI – Today, the Wisconsin Institution of Law and
Liberty ("WILL") sent a letter to the Milwaukee Area Technical
College District Board reminding them that there is no "window" for
local governments to ignore Act 10.
Unions and government entities that negotiate contracts with
terms that violate Act 10 run the risk of having those contracts declared
At a 5:00 meeting this evening, the MATC District Board is
scheduled to vote on a labor agreement between MATC and AFT-Local
212. Unfortunately, the Board has not released any information about
the labor agreement, leaving taxpayers in the dark about how their money is
going to be spent.
Act 10 sharply limits the scope of collective bargaining
between local units of government and their employees. For example, bargaining
is limited to base wages and wage increases cannot be higherthan the cost of
living without approval via citizen referendum. Collective bargaining
agreements may not address items such as staffing, work rules, and employee
discipline. In addition, Wisconsin statutes currently prohibit a defined
pension plan for general public employees unless the employees contribute half
of all contributions. If an employer offers a healthcare plan, the employees must
pay at least 12% of the average cost of premiums.
The current MATC labor contract, which does not expire until
February 2014, is not valid under Act 10 because it contains terms directly
prohibited by Act 10. MATC pays for all the pension contributions and the
employees pay nothing. In addition, employees pay only 1.5% of their salaries
for family health insurance, which is unlikely to meet the 12% of premiums
Therefore, the current labor agreement is extended – or not
significantly changed – it would violate these parts of Act 10, among others.
If any unit of government renegotiates, or reopens, a union contract that
violates Act 10, it does so at great risk of an immediate legal
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, as always,
remains vigilant for any unit of government that does not follow the law.