Wisconsin okays wage freeze, new overtime rules

According to the Milwauke Journal/Sentinel:

MadisonĀ - State workers will see a pay freeze for two years and tighter rules on overtime, under compensation plans a committee of state lawmakers adopted Thursday.

The Joint Committee on Employment Relations passed the plans 6-2, with all six Republicans on the committee voting in favor of the proposal and the two Democrats voting against.

The pay plans only required approval by the committee to take effect.

The plans replace union contracts for tens of thousands of state employees in the wake of Gov. Scott Walker's March legislation eliminating most union bargaining for most public workers. That legislation passed by the governor and Republican lawmakers also cut the take-home pay of public workers by requiring them to pay more for their health insurance and pensions.

So while the partisans are gathering signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker, the reason prevails in Madison.


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