02/21/2011

Law enforcement union members 'at each other's throats' over Wis. budget plan

Gov. Scott Walker exempted the State Patrol and its inspectors from the bill, but UW and Capitol police, among others in the WLEA, would lose their collective bargaining rights if the budget repair bill passes

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker's plan to end collective bargaining for most state employees is tearing one labor organization apart.

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association, which represents about 900 state troopers, inspectors, police communication operators, Motor Vehicle Department field agents and other state police, includes some members who have been exempted from Walker's plan, said WLEA President Tracy Fuller on Sunday.

"Our union is being torn apart about this," said Fuller, who is a State Patrol inspector from Madison. "We've got members at each other's throats."

Walker exempted the State Patrol and its inspectors from the bill, but UW and Capitol police, among others in the WLEA, would lose their collective bargaining rights if the budget repair bill passes.

Read more on Madison.com.

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