Fire Department supervisors would get a 3 percent pay raise and benefit parity after two years; other non-represented employee would see only about half of that.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
With the focus all year on the reduction of collective bargaining rights of unionized government employees, far less attention has been paid to those public workers who are not union-represented — administrators, supervisors, engineers and the like. In separate actions Tuesday, Wauwatosa moved forward with proposals on pay and benefits for its Fire Department supervisors, and for all other non-union employees other than police supervisors. In a first proposal, recommended unanimously Tuesday by the Budget and Finance Committee of the Common Council, the six unrepresented Fire Department supervisors — the chief, deputy chiefs and assistant chiefs — would get 3 percent wage increases to keep them in line with union firefighters and officers…
Changes had been discussed all year as Gov. Walker and the state Legislature acted, but council actions officially do away with different rates for union workers.
In moves no doubt being mirrored in some form in communities across Wisconsin, the Wauwtosa Common Council approved measures Tuesday night that spell the end of union collective bargaining influence on compensating city workers. One resolution, passed unanimously, did away with any difference between union and non-union employees in health insurance contributions, excepting fire and police, raising the rate for formerly protected employees from 3 percent to 10 percent across the board. Another eliminated all but one health care plan, doing away with negotiated options and allowing the city to set up plans with higher deductibles. "These two little items are a big deal," said Ald. Peter Donegan, chairman of the Employee Relations Committee…