The Republican triumvirate in Madison will repeal local public employee residency requirements as part of their state budget. Regardless of your position on the subject, isn’t this the perfect candidate for a binding referendum in every municipality with residency rules? Although Mayor Barrett and Milwaukee’s residency rules and Milwaukee’s public employee unions are getting the [...]
Mahlon Mitchell, President of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in the 2012 recall, hit the ground running full tilt as a speaker at the recent Democratic Party of Wisconsin State Convention.
Running through the gamut of the sins of the Walker administration and continually repeating labor chants of the [...]
Given Harry McClintock (Haywire Mac) was devoted to the cause of industrial unionism, one wonders how he would respond to 21st Century globalization and the shunting of wage labor in the USA into untenable parameters….
More Harry McClintock from Smithsonian Folkways: Smithsonian Folkways – Haywire Mac – Harry “Haywire Mac” McClintock Smithsonian Folkways – Our [...]
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The Problem with Merit Pay
In the brave new world of Act 10, many school districts are contemplating “merit pay” or “pay for performance” systems. The following is a WEAC Research Brief summarizing the evidence on merit pay programs for educators. The actual evidence shows:
Merit pay for educators [...]
I meant to post this a while ago, but I suppose better late than never. In 2010, Germany produced more than 5.5 million automobiles; the U.S produced 2.7 million. At the same time, the average auto worker in Germany made $67.14 per hour in salary in benefits; the average one in the U.S. made $33.77 [...]
Most readers of this blog are probably aware that Governor Scott Walker has included a ban on local residency requirements as part of his next biennial budget for 2013-2015. And of course this has resulted in any number of complaints from both the left and the right.
Leading the pack has been Milwaukee Mayor Tom [...]
I guess that I shouldn’t be surprised…but after all of the rhetoric about transparency and leaving the pork and nonsense out of bills where they don’t belong…politicians still try to bury special interest perks or non-budget stuff in inappropriate places.
One of the most egregious recent sitings is Governor Walker’s inclusion for the repeal of [...]
According to a press release issued yesterday by Democratic State Sens. Julie Lassa and Chris Larson and State Rep. Sandy Pasch, Republican legislators Paul Farrow and Ed Brooks are prepared to “drop the bomb” on private sector unions in the form of legislation that would allow employers to reduce the hours of their union-represented employees [...]
Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Statement on Proposed Changes to Milwaukee County Board in Rep. Sanfelippo’s LRB 1340/2
“The proposed changes to the Milwaukee County Board would infringe upon a citizen’s right to meaningful representation, reduce participation in democracy and silence the voices of Milwaukee County residents,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “Making [...]