Jeff has talked about how it set up the education system for failure. I've talked about how it has hit Milwaukee County particularly hard and has created an atmosphere where nepotism and cronyism is the norm.
One statewide area that has also been hit extremely hard by Act 10 is the Department of Corrections. There has been a spike in assaults and injuries to correction officers. This led to a cover up and might eventually lead to Walker trying to privatize the system.
But the corrections officers aren't sitting back and just taking it. They are fighting back in the only way left to them - the courts. And it looks like it will cost the taxpayers plenty (emphasis mine):
According to the lawsuit, the state Department of Corrections issued a policy on Jan. 29, 2012, stating that employees are considered “on duty when they are present at their assigned post/work location prepared to assume their duties at their designated start time.”The article states that one correction officer already won his personal complaint on this, setting the precedence for the other officers to win their lawsuit. Needless to say, if it becomes a class action lawsuit, the back pay alone will cut into Scott Walker's alleged "savings" due to Act 10 and then some.
But the guards allege it means they aren’t paid for pre-shift work that serves DOC’s interests, such as passing a security screening, participating in roll calls and fitness for duty checks, checking out and receiving equipment and traveling through prisons to their assigned posts, all while being ready to respond to emergency calls.
They also alleged they are not paid for post-shift work that includes communicating with relief officers, checking in work equipment and passing a security screening, again while being available for emergency calls.
The DOC’s failure to pay guards for that time is “willful and in bad faith,” the lawsuit states.
A class action lawsuit was filed because Act 10, signed by Gov. Scott Walker in March 2011, removed collective bargaining as a means to resolve disputes like this one, the lawsuit states. Individuals lack the means to file separate lawsuits, which would also be expensive to the state, the lawsuit states.
“Wisconsin 2011 Act 10 prohibits members of the class from collectively negotiating with the DOC to seek redress over issues of wages, hours and working conditions,” the lawsuit states. “This leaves a class action complaint as a sole means to seek redress from a neutral decision-maker.”
All that glitters is not gold and all that the Walker says is saving us money doesn't.