Friday, September 21, 2012

Dane County Lessons for the Real World

People living in Dane County are just.......screwed.

...In a process Dane County Board member Dave Wiganowsky described as “flying faster than the Concord,” 22 board members signed a petition asking Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and the board’s Personnel and Finance Committee to “begin as soon as possible to bargain in good faith with our various bargaining units.”

They weren’t kidding. The petition is dated Sept. 19 — Wednesday. A little more than 24 hours later the committee was set to vote on a resolution supporting a one-year contract, through 2015, effectively extending pre-Act 10 agreements signed off on before the collective-bargaining reform law went into effect. The full board is expected to vote on the measure, which appears to have plenty of support, an hour after the committee meeting.

The board is scurrying like rats before a flashlight, trying to strike a deal before the clock strikes midnight on Dane County Judge Juan Colas’ ruling killing key portions of Act 10.

This has to be a galaxy-record short "bargaining time."  And it's estimated to be about $2 million cost to Dane County taxpayers.


Tim Morrissey said...

...and you thought only the Federal Court's Second Circuit was called "The Rocket Docket".... Here in the People's Republic, when we want something done, we do it.

What's a couple million bucks?

It'll be interesting to see what the Madison school board does to handle the pressure being put on by the Teachers' Union....

Beer, Bicycles and the VRWC said...

No politics in the ruling by the judge, though. Merely coincidental that this would all play out in this manner.