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Sen. Howard Marklein Statement on Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER) Votes

Senator disappointed in lack of action on UW compensation.

Madison, WI - Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) issued a statement today following the Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER) vote on state employee compensation plans:

“I was very proud to vote for the state employee compensation plans in JCOER today because I believe the hard-working people who work in our prisons, state parks and state agencies deserve the pay increase that we approved in the state budget. We worked hard to swiftly move the compensation plan through the process to provide relief and support for our employees.
“However, I am very disappointed that the compensation plan increases for University of Wisconsin employees was not scheduled for a vote. The local employees on our campuses should not be penalized for policy decisions made by leaders of the university system. The custodians, executive assistants, food service providers and local faculty at UW Platteville have very little to do with the politics of the university system.
“I will continue to strongly express my support for the raises for university employees and encourage the co-chairs of JCOER to schedule this vote as soon as possible.”