MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has offered to keep certain collective bargaining powers in place for state workers in a proposed compromise aimed at ending a nearly three-week standoff with absent Senate Democrats, according to e-mails released Tuesday by his office.
The e-mails, some dated as recently as Sunday, show a softened stance in Walker's talks with the 14 Demo-crats who fled to Illinois to block a vote on his original proposal that would strip nearly all collective bargaining powers for public workers and force concessions amounting to an average 8 percent pay cut.
Under the compromise floated by Walker and detailed in the e-mails, workers would be able to continue bargaining over their salaries with no limit, a change from his original plan that banned negotiated salary increases beyond inflation. He also proposed compromises allowing collective bargaining to stay in place on mandatory overtime, performance bonuses, hazardous duty pay and classroom size for teachers.
The increased contributions for health insurance and pension, which would save the state $330 million by mid-2013, would remain. The unions and Democrats have agreed to those concessions to help balance a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall.
Sen. Bob Jauch, one of the 14 AWOL Democrats, said he hoped the compromise would serve as a blueprint for future negotiations. But he and Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen, who were both working with Walker's administration, said the latest offer was inadequate.
Layoffs are probably coming too. lol How can they comprimise, when they are unemployed July 1.?
Answer by jewjewbee at 8:40 AM on Mar. 9, 2011
i live in wisconsin
i am ready to throw each and every one from both sides into the trash and start anew
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