Members of Milwaukee County's largest union on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a proposed contract designed to beat the deadline on the new state labor law. With about one-third of the 3,500 members of District Council 48 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees going to the polls Sunday, 89% voted in favor of the contract.
Well. If the deal isn't done before July 1, the deal can't be done; Act 10 comes into play and allows the County to stop deducting/paying union dues. (Nothing else really matters to AFSCME bigboys, of course.)
But there are other items; changes in health-premium payments, changes in pension contributions, and The Rules. Of those three, the last is by far the largest cost-cutting item.
Is it all over? Nope.
However, the union has several hurdles to jump before the contract can be approved. County Board Chairman Lee Holloway, who has opposed approving a new contract for District Council 48, must refer the proposed contract to two separate County Board committees for hearings before scheduling a special board meeting.
A County Board meeting is not scheduled for Tuesday, and Abelson declined to say what would happen if the county does not act on the proposed contract before the new state law regarding collective bargaining goes into effect Wednesday.Gee. Lee Holloway controls the gateway. How do YOU think this will play out?