Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance report puts statewide figure at $366 million in savings on retirement benefits and health care premiums after budget bill went into effect.
The controversial state law that eliminated most collective bargaining rights for school employees reduced benefit costs for the Wauwatosa School District by $2.8 million last school year, according to a report released Monday by a taxpayer watchdog group. Wauwatosa's purported share of savings was part of a statewide reduction of $366 million in school district spending on employee benefits, the study by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance said. The report and its authors, however, instantly drew criticism from opponents of Gov. Scott Walker and Act 10, and some school districts have already pointed out discrepancies between the study's findings and their own figures. The bulk of Wauwatosa's reported savings came from reductions in the …
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…