Governor Scott Walker is not willing to negotiate on the restrictions on collective bargaining rights. And, he said, local governments and schools will be able to make good on cuts to shared revenue, by getting more concessions from employees than the twelve percent health care contribution he’s seeking. “We’re talked about the five and the twelve percent (contributions to pension and health care costs), that’s the model for the state,” Walker said in an interview with WRN on Friday. “Local governments are given the flexibility, particularly with health care, that if they needed to go beyond the 12.6 percent, they could.”
There is one area Walker says he’s willing to negotiate on – annual decertification votes for public employee unions. “In terms of the timing, whether it’s a year, a couple years, that’s one we’d be willing to talk about,” the governor said. “In terms of, should there be any vote? Absolutely. It makes the case on the behalf of the workers that the union has to prove their worth. Walker said the votes would allow workers to choose whether they want to remain part of a union. It’s one of the provisions of Walker’s budget repair bill which critics point to as part of a union busting strategy.