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NON-NEGOTIABLE BENEFITS: A New Hampshire House committee approved a change that would give public agency executives full authority to determine employees’ wages and benefits after contracts expire, the Concord Monitor reports . Proponents say the change would give unions an incentive to negotiate in a timely matter. “If unions who couldn’t agree (on a contract) knew that wages, retirement benefits and health care benefits would be at the discretion of the employer, we’d see a much more rapid settlement of contracts,” Republican state Representative Neal Kurk, the legislaton’s sponsor, told the Monitor .
HE’S GOT MAIL: Questions about whether the Wisconsin legislature properly followed state open meetings laws have temporarily blocked implementation of the bill, championed by Governor Scott Walker, which rescinds collective bargaining rights for public workers. Creative use of another transparency-related measure — the state’s open records law — by Isthmus , the Associated Press and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, offers a glimpse inside the governor’s inbox during the week after he unveiled his plan. Of the more than 50,000 emails Walker received that week, 62 percent were in support of the bill, while 32 percent were opposed. But about a third of Walker’s support came from outside the state. A full 89 percent of the emails disagreeing with Walker came from inside Wisconsin.
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