MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State legislative leaders say they’ve had no group discussions with their colleagues about making police and fire unions give up most of their collective bargaining privileges.
Aides to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald confirm there’s been little if any discussion about extending the Act 10 bargaining limits to emergency personnel.
Governor Scott Walker brought up the issue on Monday, when he answered an audience question at a forum in Milwaukee. The Republican Walker said he was open to extending Act 10 to police and fire unions, which were exempt when the law was first passed in 2011 so they could control possible violence or government employee walkouts.
Tuesday, Walker stressed that he would not pursue the matter – and he was only making an observation in addressing the subject.
Wisconsin Professional Police Association president Jim Palmer said it appeared to be a trial balloon for Walker’s possible presidential bid in 2016. T
he head of the Milwaukee police union – one of the few public unions which supported Walker in both his 2010 and 2012 contests – said he opposes extending Act 10 to police. Mike Crivello wants to know more about the context of the governor’s remarks. He said it’s possible that his union could support Walker again in his 2014 re-election bid.