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Gubernatorial election winner likely won't roll back Act 10 higher benefit contribution

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Unless the State Supreme Court rules otherwise, most public employees in Wisconsin probably won't get a break on their pension and health care contributions no matter who's elected governor.

Mary Burke, the Democrats' main candidate against Republican Scott Walker, tells the Wisconsin State Journal she would not roll back the higher benefit contributions in the Act 10 union bargaining law.

Burke did say she would try to repeal parts of the law which forces 51 percent of all group members to re-certify their union status each year. She also said she would try to bring back old provisions that force employers to collect union dues, and make non-union members pay dues for getting the same benefits.

Burke told the Madison paper she believes public employees should be able to bargain for their wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Even if she is elected, though, the Legislature would have to ratify Burke's proposals -- and at least the 99 member Assembly is expected to stay in Republican hands, since the GOP has a 20 vote majority at the moment.

Also, the State Supreme Court is about to rule on whether Act 10 applies to local government and school unions. In either case, state employees would still have to abide by Walker's signature legislation.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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