UW Students Rally at Capitol

Earlier today UW students met at the Capitol to protest a bill that would end the collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin State employees, effectively negating their union contract with the state.  The bill includes measures that would require state employees to pay for half of the cost of their pensions and raise state employee health insurance premiums by a minimum of 12.6%.  These increases will effectively equate to an 8% pay cut for the average state worker. Many of those who protested did so on behalf of worker’s rights as well as railing against what they feel are unfair increases and pay cuts.  Perhaps what has been the most agitating is the blunt manner in which Gov. Walker has proposed these initiatives rather than negotiating with the State’s workers union.  The bill has also come under fire from the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, and several private sector unions.  Supporters of the bill point to the$137 million hole confronting the state for the coming year, while Gov. Walker has stated that 1,500 state workers would be laid off if the bill is not passed.

More info can be found at the following links:

Wisconsin State Journal

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Green Bay Press Gazette


About H.J. Waukau

1st Year La Follette MIPA student
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2 Responses to UW Students Rally at Capitol

  1. Nate says:

    Has anyone calculated what the 5%/12% increased share will cost PAs’ take-home wages? My guestimate was $40/month, but I’d be interested if anyone had better numbers or information. Or will this still be the 8% effective loss for student employees, too? Has anyone been breaking the numbers down by type of employee?

    Are there other blogs that have interesting coverage? I noticed had a pretty satirical perspective, whereas and of course have more pro-public sector employee discussion of the protests and issues.

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