Board ignores county attorney’s advice and negotiates with decertified union

By Steve Schultze, Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal SentinelAFSCME_Logo-2Color

Contract negotiations with what formerly was Milwaukee County’s largest union have been launched, contrary to legal advice against such a move based on the state’s 2011 Act 10 law that ended most public employee collective bargaining.

Dave Eisner, contract administrator for District Council 48 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said Thursday the union had held one bargaining session with the county at a local hotel.

“We’ve been in ongoing discussions,” Eisner said. “We had one set of negotiations at a hotel. Certainly, that’s not a secret.”

AFSCME represented about 3,500 county employees in 2011, but now doesn’t divulge its membership numbers.

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