We would like to update you on the current status of our contract. We have spoken to DPM, and are working all avenues to reach an agreement as soon as possible. As of today, we are waiting to hear back from the Governor’s Office on how they want to proceed with the TA (tentative agreement). We hope to have more information soon, and will continue to share it as more comes in. Please check back frequently for more updates (see below).
WLEA Vice President
The bargaining team will be meeting with DPM on 1/24/20 from 10a-3p to discuss the contract.
Today we met with legislative members; including Vos. He was very personable, and wanted to stress his respect and appreciation for us as an agency. He was curious about what we do as an agency beyond basic traffic stops. Vos was very aware that the mood has changed, especially with the northern sheriffs in Wisconsin, that we’re needed and appreciated.
These conversations today made several items clear to us. First, the old TA compensation plan is dead. That’s not the language, just the compensation plan. Second, we will be able to work two back to back high single digit percentage increases to offset this.
Our current goal is to pass a new TA, have it pass JCOER and the state legislature, then immediately going back to bargaining and getting the next TA ready for JCOER to vote on January of 2021. We are working on getting this through as soon as possible. We will update you as more information comes down the line.
Yesterday members of the bargaining team met with DPM and WSP. While we can not share the specifics of the discussion, you should know that we are working diligently to get this contract settled as soon as possible. We are working on alternatives to offset the large financial hit many are currently feeling.
Our goal is to stay the course on our wages. We know where we need to be, and are working to get there. We may not get there on this contract, but we will stay the course and get there in the coming contracts. We have been pushing and will continue to push to get our members to where they should be.
We have a tentative meeting date of 1/7/20 with DPM. I stress that this meeting is tentative. We will provide more information when we have it.