MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A ruling from an arbitrator means Milwaukee County has to reinstate more than two dozen courthouse security guards.
They were laid off last year when they were replaced by private guards in what was called an emergency budget decision at the time.
The arbitrator ruled the county didn’t have a true budget crisis then and county officials failed to give the guards’ union a chance to take some alternative cost-saving measures before they were laid off. The savings were also overstated.
The laid-off workers will get back pay and a guarantee of 180 days of work. That’s the amount of time the arbitrator said Milwaukee County should have given the union to react to the privatization plan.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made the change when he was county executive.