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Gov. Walker: Unions say there can be no concessions, period
Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-267-7303
Madison– For several days, government union bosses have said that government workers would be willing to contribute to their pensions and pay a slightly larger portion of their healthcare premiums. The Governor’s office today released a flier posted in the Capitol by the National Nurses United.
The flier says, “there can be no more concessions, period.”
The flier says that there should be no cuts in public sector pay, pensions or health benefits.
The flier was endorsed by local units of AFL-CIO, AFSCME, IBEW, and TAA-AFT.
Previously the Governor’s office released other information on the union bosses saying one thing, and doing another.
In Janesville, government workers are proposing a contract that includes 2 percent pay increases this year and for the next two years. The government would pay all of the workers’ pension contributions and workers would only pay 8 percent toward their health insurance premiums.
In La Crosse County government workers have agreed to a one-year contract with health and dental premiums at the same level as 2010. The agreement has the county covering the full pension payment of most government workers.
Government workers with the Milwaukee Area Technical College agreed to a new contract where the workers contribute nothing toward their pension. The College’s attorney say the agreement means MATC would leave $7.1 million on the table.
In Madison, government workers have proposed a contract that would allow them to continue to receive their current pension and health benefits for the next two years. Many government workers would receive a 3-percent pay raise.
In Racine government workers have agreed to a contract that includes pay raises.
In Sheboygan government workers agreed to a contract where nurses pay nothing toward their pensions.