Monday, July 4, 2011

Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Update

Let's hope the following is but one of hundreds of similar instances in the state of Wisconsin and around the country. Let's also hope that the BPFM starts to report on these little victories. Don't hold your breath, though.

In the past, Kaukauna's agreement with the teachers union required the school district to purchase health insurance coverage from something called WEA Trust -- a company created by the Wisconsin teachers union. "It was in the collective bargaining agreement that we could only negotiate with them," says Arnoldussen. "Well, you know what happens when you can only negotiate with one vendor." This year, WEA Trust told Kaukauna that it would face a significant increase in premiums.

Now, the collective bargaining agreement is gone, and the school district is free to shop around for coverage. And all of a sudden, WEA Trust has changed its position. "With these changes, the schools could go out for bids, and lo and behold, WEA Trust said, 'We can match the lowest bid,'" says Republican state Rep. Jim Steineke, who represents the area and supports the Walker changes. At least for the moment, Kaukauna is staying with WEA Trust, but saving substantial amounts of money.

Hat tip: Betsy's Page


BigFred said...

I am still unable to have a polite discussion with my (retired WI teacher x2) parents about this issue.

The other embarrassing WI event is the Supreme Court Shoving Match, in which a DEM may have shoved another Justice, or the DEM may have been choked. Ann Althouse is all over this, and I am sure that the local news is interesting to watch.

The Conservative Wahoo said...

All hail Thorn!

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