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 Interesting strategy by local offiicials: eliminate your ability to get savings from the flexibility provided by the new law. Also: that concession on pensions and benefits? The claim that it wasn't about the money? Clearly a lie.

 MADISON — School boards and local governments across Wisconsin are rushing to reach agreements with unions before a new law takes effect that will eliminate their ability to collectively bargain over nearly all issues other than minimal salary increases.

Secretary of State Doug La Follette said Monday he decided to delay publication of the law until the latest day possible, March 25, to give those local governments as much time as possible to reach agreements.

 The law doesn’t take effect until the day after La Follette publishes it.

 Gov. Scott Walker had asked La Follette to publish the law on Monday, but the Democratic secretary of state, who called the new law the biggest change in labor management history in 50 years, said he didn’t see any emergency that warranted him doing that. 


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