Republican Legislator Says Police, Firefighters 'Bought' Exemption from Bargaining Changes
Rep. Chris Kapegna, R-Delafield, says people are frustrated that public safety workers are exempt from the state's collective-bargaining changes.
A Republicans legislator wishes Gov. Scott Walker's plan to strip public employees of their collective-bargaining rights would have included police officers and firefighters, according to reports published today.
Rep. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, told the Associated Press that police and fire workers "bought" an exemption to Walker's proposal, which affects tens of thousands of public employees in the state.
Kapenga told the Wisconsin State Journal:
There’s a reason why they are not being put in with the rest of the public employee unions. I don’t know what that reason is.