Tuesday, February 5, 2013
State lawmakers take issue with "double dipping" public employees, but a Racine Unified School administrator says this may hinder them from getting quality substitute teachers.
State lawmakers want to change the rules on boomerang employees -- public employees retiring and then returning to public jobs, according to a story by our media partners at WISN Channel 12. The story featured Racine Unified School District Superintendent Ann Laing, who retired in 2007 and was formally re-hired by the school district a year ago. The story also highlighted how the district has 200 people "double dipping." And while officials with Racine Unified say they have good reasons to re-hire retirees and people who are "effective educators," state lawmakers say it's not right. Laing has been acting as interim superintendent since Dr. Jim Shaw retired in the summer of 2011. “[The pay increase] is due to the very, very comprehensive …
Monday, December 26, 2011
We're celebrating our first year of existence and we're sharing our best stories.
Thousands of you have discovered Caledonia Patch and for that, we are grateful. So we thought we're on day five of a 10-day year in review of the 50 most read stories on Caledonia Patch. After we tally up the winners, we'll list your favorites on Jan. 1. Also, we'd love to get your feedback on what intrigued you the most, that way we'll know where our time should be spent so that we can make your life ridiculously easy. Tell us what you think about these stories, let us know what we could have done differently, and feel free to share other story ideas with us. Also, if you see anything on the list you'd like to see an update on, let us know. We're all ears! 25. Judge Allows Alleged Admission Curt Johnson Made About Sex Assault 24. Hearing …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Plan would exempt public safety bargaining units.
Gov. Scott Walker wants to freeze wages for state public employees for two years, according to a story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. State administrators unveiled the plan to state lawmakers today in the Joint Committee on Employee Relations. In a letter from Gregory L. Gracz, director of JCOER, to all state employees, stated that "very little was changing from the former collective bargaining agreements..." The proposal comes on the heels of Walker imposing collective bargaining restrictions on most state public union workers, and requiring them to pay 5.8 percent of their wages into the state's pension and pay more of their insurance premiums. Read the full story by clicking on the link.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Will You Stay Or Go?
As a public union employee you fought for your union, remained neutral or sympathisized with Walker's posiiton on restricting collective bargaining. Now that the bill is law, what are your thoughts on your union? What role does the union play in your employment? Will you pay dues? Or opt out?
Saturday, March 19, 2011
"To give us understanding and context we have to travel back in time some thirty years ago..."
- Dan Bell
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Scott Walker and the Republicans have declared that Wisconsin is suffering from a budget crisis and the only way out they can see is to give tax breaks to companies and to strip public workers of their rights they’ve had for over fifty years. The “faux” budget repair bill (the new and non-budget related) is the nexus of Walker’s plans. Question; where did Walker’s philosophy, strategy, and tactics come from? I believe I have an answer – it is called “Starve the Beast.” To give us understanding and context we have to travel back in time some thirty years ago when another Republican, Ronald Reagan was in office. Reagan proclaimed “Government isn’t the solution to our problems, government is the problem.” And with that statement, the war …