Override vote avoided as aldermen put item on hold, letting controversial issue die with minimal debate.
Wauwatosa's controversial and emotional battle over contracts with city unions effectively ended Tuesday with Mayor Jill Didier's veto still in place. The Common Council voted to table any discussion of a possible override of that veto, leaving the unions working under existing agreements. The vote to "hold" the issue was 8-all, and the tie was broken, ironically, by Didier. On April 19, the council ratified new contracts by an 8-7 vote, just weeks after voting them down. Didier announced the following day that she would veto the measure. Ald. Dennis McBride (District 4) moved immediately on Tuesday to hold the override issue over after Didier officially introduced her veto. "We've dealt with this issue in two meetings before in which we'…
Didier repeats her position that measure had been fully vetted when it was defeated in first vote.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Mayor Jill Didier has vetoed the ratification of union contracts passed Tuesday night by the Common Council. The council passed the contract vote 8-7 late Tuesday, with Ald. Jill Organ absent, after 4 1/2 hours of public comment and debate among the aldermen in a special meeting. Aldermen had voted down the contracts on March 15. In a statement released minutes before noon, Didier said: "My objection is that this issue was fully vetted and all normal procedures were followed prior to the vote on the (sic) March 15, 2001. "In addition, the decision to vote in favor of the ratification sets employee groups against one another. As the leader of this organization, I must strike a balance between the well-being of our workers, our …