A Periodic Publication of Wisconsin's Association of Career Employees
By Sally Drew, President
ACE Action on Civil Service Legislation
Governor Scott Walker signed the law “reforming” the state’s civil service system on February 12, 2016. The law is based on the 2015 Assembly Bill 373, which was also passed by the Senate and was sent to the Governor. The Governor vetoed Section 94 (1)(b) which means that the report about the review of the civil service will go only to the Governor and not to the legislature.
AB373 can be found at:
Act 150, which was vetoed in part, can be found at:
ACE members worked hard to raise awareness of the damage many of these changes will cause, including holding an Annual Meeting on the topic of civil service, testifying before both the Assembly and Senate public hearings, writing letters to the editor for newspapers throughout the state, and contacting legislators. Jim Thiel was interviewed by the New York Times and quoted in an opinion article that was written by Dan Kaufman and published on January 16, 2016.
The New York Times article can be found at:
ACE also plans to continue to be involved in the Wisconsin Coalition to Save Civil Service, which plans to collect follow-up data on the long-term impact of the legislation. This coalition includes:
The South Central Federation of Labor,
AFSCME Council 32
American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Blue Jean Nation, AFT-W State Employee Council
Wisconsin Professional Employee Association
AFSCME Locals 171 and 68
AFSCME Retirees Subchapter 52
ACE to raise dues
At its meeting, January 25, 2016, the ACE Board discussed the continuing problem of a decreasing cash reserve. The Board felt that it was important to have sufficient cash on hand to fund important ongoing activities and voted to increase dues by five dollars for both active and retired employees. ACE also plans to improve its website so that more information can be provided to members and others. The new dues will be initiated during 2016 and will be $30 for active employees and $20 for retired employees.
The Board plans to continue to be active in tracking problems related to the new civil service legislation and also to track and communicate about proposed changes to employee health benefits proposed by the Segal Company. ACE will also be vigilant in watching for any problems that might arise within the Wisconsin Retirement System and State of Wisconsin Investment Board.