“I think we’ve got pretty good support in the Senate,” Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, a Democrat from Wausau, said of the contracts. “They’re very tight. I think public employees realize they’re going to have to bite the bullet and live for another day.”
Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan (D-Janesville) said Assembly Democrats “would make every effort to get this done.” Both Sheridan and Decker are former blue-collar union workers who lost their seats in the Nov. 2 election.
It will be interesting to see if the agreement can be finalized and then voted on by union members in a timely enough fashion to allow legislators to meet and approve the contracts before Republicans take control of the legislature.