What happened in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Act 10 was passed in 2011, making most public sector jobs Right-to-Work and adding other restrictions on unions, bargaining rights, taxes and budgets.
- No more unions or union contracts. AFSCME went from 70,000 members down to 7,000. Most public sector workers lost their unions and their union contracts.
- 8.5% pay cut in first year. State workers took an 8.5% cut to total compensation in the first year, due to employee-paid health insurance premium and pension increases. For some workers it was even higher &emdash; an 11.3% cut.
- Virtual wage freeze for State workers. Most State workers have had a virtual wage freeze, with only a 2% total in across-the-boards over 8 years &emdash; while pension and health care keep going up.
- No more steps or across-the-boards. City workers in Milwaukee suffered years of wage freezes. Then they officially lost their step system and across-the-board increases under City policy in 2016, which started a new merit pay system based on performance evaluations, with no union grievance procedure.
- Health care inflation shifted on to workers via higher deductibles, co-pays and premiums. At the City of Milwaukee, health care cost increases are shifted on to workers with growing deductibles and co-insurance. State workers face rising monthly premiums.
- Loss of overtime and grievance procedure. No more union contracts means loss of valuable contract language, such as overtime language and union grievance procedures.
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