An Assembly committee this week voted to approve six collective bargaining agreements for three Wisconsin government entities with the only union that still negotiates wages with the state.
Meeting on Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Employee Relations also approved 2% raises in the state’s compensation package for non-union employees that were recommended earlier this fall by the Department of Administration under Gov. Tony Evers.
But the Republican-dominated committee rewrote the administration’s recommendation in order to cancel a $15 minimum hourly wage for all state employees.
The compensation plan and the bargaining agreements passed the committee unanimously, according to The Wheeler Report.
The bargaining agreements are all with the Building Trades joint bargaining committee. It is the only union that continues to negotiate wages with the state since the passage in 2011 of Act 10, which stripped most collective bargaining rights for most government workers. The agreements are with the state, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the UW System.
The 2018-19 agreements with those three units have been languishing for nearly a year after they were to take effect. The three 2019-20 agreements are to take effect in January.
All of the agreements, as well as the nonunion compensation plan, must still be approved by the legislature and signed by Evers before they can actually be implemented.