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Waukesha Water Utility Employees Decertify AFSCME Union

Twenty-one employees affected by change that should save water utility time and money.

employee bargaining unit has disbanded as its members recently voted to decertify in light of the state’s controversial legislation that limited public unions’ collective bargaining actions to wages.

As a result, the water utility is likely to see savings in staff time and attorney fees in dealing with employee negotiations, according to Waukesha Water Utilty Manager Dan Duchniak.

“It just means that there is not a union anymore,” he said. “We are not going through the negotiation process like we did before.”

Now the Waukesha Water Commission will determine wage adjustments and employee reviews. Duchniak was notified that the 21 employees had chosen to leave the union at the end of January.

The move was “a pretty strong statement from the employees” about the water utilities management and water commission, Duchniak said. The water commission already had adopted a new employee handbook that explain work rules.

“I think our commission will be fair with the employees as we move forward,” he said.

St. Swithin February 09, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Well, I am not a fan of forced membership either. Unions can be a pain in the ass. I wonder how 'forced' this can be though if they just voted to dissolve the union? Alas, the article gives no clue. In any group there is a problem with 'sponges' - people that enjoy the benefits for which the group worked but don't want to contribute to the effort. That is true of small unions all the way up to major governments. How much should such people be forced to participate?
jt February 11, 2012 at 01:52 PM
now, lets see how you peple treat your workers! will they be respected and continue to make a good wage or will they become your slaves ? it's up to waukesha to show how this will work. your in the spotlight now. you can do it right, or you can be the poster city for why unions are needed.
Cynthia February 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
jt you do realize that this is not the first union to de-certify in WI since Act 10?
jt February 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM
@cynthia, yes i know, and we will see how those workers will now be treated. fact of the matter is, no one likes taxes, but public employees have been the scapegoats for way too long. and so far, there are no systems to reward public workers with performance based pay, and older workers could be wrongfully hurt by this.
Cynthia February 11, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Older employee's can be hurt in any occupation if they really don't care and get complacent... Not everyone has a work ethic... That's the problem...

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