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Wednesday, 16 March 2011
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How Does Wauwatosa Really Feel About Unions?

A little over a week ago, Jim Sensenbrenner held one of his town hall meetings where he "answers questions" from constituents. Along for the ride was State Senator Leah Vukmir who represents that area of Sensenbrenner's Congressional District in the State Senate. As many of you probably heard, the City Hall was packed, and they ended the meeting early with most of the questions and arguments centering on the collective bargaining issues in the state. One might have gotten the impression that the citizens of Wauwatosa in general were not very happy with the Budget Repair Bill.

Of course, you don't have to be a citizen of Wauwatosa to go to one of those meetings. Hell, you don't really even have to be in Sensenbrenner's District to go and yell at him. I suspect many of the people there weren't, though I don't have any real evidence to back that up. But it is interesting to note that when the Wauwatosa Common Council voted last night on new Union Contracts before the collective bargaining changes were to take effect, the reactions from the people at the meeting were quite different:

More than 100 people crowded into City Hall tonight, and nearly all were there to lobby city officials to put off approving union contracts until the state Legislature votes on the financial aspects of the budget-repair bill.

The sentiment of the crowd, as well as hundreds of calls and e-mails directed to city officials, led the majority of the council to vote against approving contracts with the fire, dispatcher, clerical and public works unions

Members of the Common Council apparently had said before hand that they were planning on voting for the new contracts, but after the large negative reaction from the citizens present, they changed their minds. I find it somewhat surprising that the Unions are able to mobilize all these forces to go to the State Capitol and protest, and turn out in large numbers for a Town Hall meeting, but when the City actually planned on voting on contracts before the collective bargaining changes went through... they couldn't summon any support in Wauwatosa.

Says a lot I think.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011 20:04:56 (Central Daylight Time, UTC-05:00)
The Guv has ruled that fire and police unions are sacrosanct.

These contracts could ultimately end-up in med/arb and they might just get a better deal costing the taxpayers more.

We'll have to wait and see - but if it turns out this way some on the Council are going to regret what they asked-for.
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