The New Normal of Public Sector Collective Bargaining?

The New Normal of Public Sector Collective Bargaining?The New Normal of Public Sector Collective Bargaining?

A Wisconsin Case Study.
Vicki L. Engle
City of Deming NM

This paper addresses Wisconsin Public Employee Collective bargaining law, beginning with a brief historical review of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and private sector vs. public sector collective bargaining; the history of Wisconsin’s major public sector labor laws; and a detailed review of the proposal, enactment, specific changes, and implementation of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 and 2011 Act 32, as they relate to labor law and collective bargaining. Also addressed are employee and union reactions to the law, the use of social media, citizen and politician protests, legal challenges and decisions to date, as well as a review of other states’ initiatives and the results of their efforts. The paper does not address underlying political motivations behind the passage of Wisconsin or other states laws. The paper concludes with comments by Wisconsin Human Resources/Labor Relations professionals, the impact to Wisconsin labor organizations and the author’s personal thoughts on the future of collective bargaining. Full citations of references are included at the end of the paper.

The New Normal of Public Sector Collective Bargaining?

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