Annual Report on Contracting Out 2015

The annual report on contracting out was only a month late this year.  Combining UW and state agencies, there was a 7.5 percent rise in total contracting out compared to the last fiscal year.  Total spent  was $607 million for the year.

The big spender was the Department of Health services with over $190 million. 

2015 Annual Report

 

The Civil Service Assault

Some resources about civil service. 

Article by our Attorney - "Civil Service System: Proposed Bills Change Hiring and Firing Processes" by Timothy Hawks and Michele Sumara. 

The History of Wisconsin Civil Service System - written by OSER to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wisconsin's Civil Service System. 

Letter to Editor by Klein - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Letter to Editor by Klein - Wisconsin State Journal

Letter to Editor by Hynum - Capital Times.  A slightly edit version also ran in Wisconsin State Journal. 

Consumer Cost of Drugs

Why do RX drug deductibles range from $400 in Madison to $2547 in Oshkosh?  Citizen Action of Wisconsin and State Senator Dave Hansen released a new report on the consumer cost of prescription drugs in Wisconsin. 

The Gutting of Civil Service

October 5 -- PHONE BANKS will be held on Monday, October 5 in Milwaukee (WI AFL-CIO, 6333 W. Bluemound Rd.) and Madison (Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St. #212) from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to protect Wisconsin's tradition of civil service. Contact Emily Mueller in Milwaukee at ekitchin@wisaflcio.org, or Wendy Strout in Madison at wstrout@aflcio.org with questions or to RSVP.

October 6 -- PUBLIC HEARING.  On Tuesday, October 6, the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform will hold a public hearing on the civil service bill. The hearing will begin at 8:30 a.m. in room 411S of the Capitol, and will continue until 6:00 p.m. with a recess between 11:50 and 2:00. If you're able, please share your testimony about why this bill is bad for Wisconsin. (If you're unable to testify, you can still register against the bill on that date.)

The Bill

AFT-Wisconsin State Employee Council: Proposed civil service changes will increase corruption

The State Employees Council of AFT-Wisconsin issued the following statement today in response to proposed changes to state civil service law, and urged Wisconsinites to contact their legislators to oppose this attempt to weaken civil service:

The recent Republican proposal to reform Wisconsin’s Civil Service rules is an attempt to degrade the work of state employees, and will only serve to introduce more corruption into state government.

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