Wis. labor expert benefits from bargaining changes
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Middleton labor consultant has signed nearly $600,000 in contracts and carved out a unique professional niche because of changes to collective bargaining for state workers, according to a newspaper report.
Gov. Scott Walker effectively ended collective bargaining for public workers in 2011 as part of his plan to balance the state budget. It allowed counties and cities to set their own pay scales and to compare wages to the private sector.
According to a review by Gannett Wisconsin Media (http://post.cr/WnZ0XI), Charlie Carlson and his five-person Carlson Dettmann Consulting firm have completed at least 12 compensation studies around the state and signed nearly $600,000 in contracts since Act 10 became law.
He’s cornered the state market, having been hired by 42 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. He charges about $50,000 per study.
“I figured that with the economy devastated and tight public sector budgets in 2010, I’d have a pretty quiet life. Then, out of the darkness came Act 10 and life changed,” Carlson said. “My reaction was this really is an opportunity to do it the right way, because I knew the system was broken.”