This is interesting: The Association for Government Accountability, a citizens group that has made a mission of shutting down safe driving classes in Wabasha County and elsewhere, and has cast itself as a government watchdog, is now getting involved in union contract issues -- and partisan politics -- in Wabasha County.
Wabasha County Employee Unions Demand Taxpayers Fund FREE Healthcare in their Labor Contracts
Wabasha County Employee Unions are headed for mediation. Contract mediation is necessary when negotiations between the parties become non-productive or cease altogether. The Wabasha County Board has been working to negotiate with the county's five unions to implement the cost-sharing of employee healthcare benefits. Wabasha County employees have never had to pay out-of-pocket for their single coverage healthcare. As the cost of healthcare has increased year after year, taxpayers have absorbed 100% of this expense. With the continued rising costs of insurance [burden to the taxpayers], the County Commissioners are requesting this current practice of 100% taxpayer-funded healthcare be eliminated from the union contracts. The County Board has proposed a three-year contract to union employees which would have them contributing 10% of their healthcare costs by the third year of the contracts. This proposal was met with a strong push-back from the TEAMSTERS and AFSCME unions. This push-back from the Wabasha County union employees has contributed to a break down in the negotiation process.
DO YOU SUPPORT THE POSITION OF THE WABASHA COUNTY BOARD?
Our elected county officials need to hear from the citizens of Wabasha County. Union mediation and arbitration is an exhausting process designed to bring the parties into agreement. Do you want your Commissioner(s) to stand firm on this healthcare issue or would you like to see the Board give into the healthcare demands of the unions? Please take a moment to contact the Wabasha County Commissioners and let them know how you would like to be represented throughout the labor union negotiation and mediation process.