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Thu Apr 23, 2015, 04:25 PM


Walkerís Act 10 Is Wreaking Havoc in the Workplace


Walkerís Act 10 Is Wreaking Havoc in the Workplace
Allegations of nepotism and retaliation at state agency

But Act 10 also radically altered protections for public employees in the workplace. Instead of guaranteeing work rules and protections in union contracts, state agency heads can establish their own policies and workers are only protected by civil service rights.

Four years after Act 10ís passage, its impact is being felt in worksites across the state. In Milwaukee, managers in an office of the state Department of Health Services (DHS) had faced allegations of nepotism and favoritism, as the Shepherd reported in June 2013. Back then, four workers at the state DHS Milwaukee Enrollment Services (MilES), headquartered at the Coggs Human Services Center on Vliet Street, accused Chief Operations Officer Vanessa Robertson of hiring her friends and relatives and giving them promotions and bonuses while passing over more senior and more qualified employees.

Robertsonís son, Gavin, for example, was promoted and given a raise when he had worked just 11 months on the job, selected over employees with years of experience. He was also among a handful of employees who were given a $2,500 bonus, part of Walkerís attempt to raise morale among state workers. In addition to son Gavin, Robertsonís sister, nieces and other friends and relatives work at MilES.


But those allegations donít tell half of the story. Sources told the Shepherd that the MilES workplace is the site of bullying and intimidation. Shockingly, some workers who spoke out were mailed anonymous letters that featured a photo of boss Robertson along with the message: ďAwe, u didnít get the job But god donít like ugly.Ē They say the state police were brought in to investigate but that went nowhere.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2015, 05:38 PM

1. Gosh. Wisco.

WTF happened, Scuba? It's like the Koch brothers drafted the most disastrous Bush family wannabe they could find.

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Thu Apr 23, 2015, 05:42 PM

2. The arrogance of their blatant corruption is frightening.


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