AP/Green Bay Press Gazette: Wisconsin collective bargaining law faces federal lawsuit from unions

Law takes effect June 29; public workers’ increased deductions begin in late August:

MADISON — Wisconsin state employees will start paying more for their health care and pension benefits in late August, state officials said Wednesday as a coalition of unions filed a new lawsuit against the GOP-supported plan that strips collective bargaining rights from most public workers.

The announcement came a day after the state Supreme Court ruled that a lower court judge overstepped her authority when she voided the governor’s polarizing plan to prohibit workers from collectively bargaining over anything except base pay increases no greater than inflation. Local police, firefighters and state patrol are exempt.

The law also requires workers to pay 12 percent of their health insurance costs and 5.8 percent of their pension costs, which amount to an 8 percent pay cut on average.

SOURCE: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110615/GPG0101/110615072/Update-Unions-file-federal-lawsuit-over-state-collective-bargaining-law

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