Knowing that Governor Walker’s budget repair bill was a virtual lock to be passed by the legislature and signed into law, an ugly conspiracy to push new union contracts in Madison was set in motion by the mayor and a senate ally. WITI-TV reports that Mayor Dave Ciesliewicz was pulling out all the stops in a frantic attempt to beat the clock and deliver one last trip to the public trough for his union benefactors. E-mails obtained by the FOX6 Investigators show that the mayor enlisted the help of State Senator Mark Miller. They both tried to convince the Secretary of State to hold up the bill by taking the maximum 10 days allowed by law before publishing the bill. They were trying to buy some time so they could ratify new contracts to protect workers from benefit cuts. Citizens for Responsible Government Rep. Chris Kliesmet says, “This suggests, and this is a harsh word, collusion. There is collusion between some politicians and public sector employee unions.
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Although Mayor Ciesliewicz admits that the new union contracts were rushed, he claims that the city did negotiate in good faith. The Democrat mayor said “We ARE on the same side. That’s the way collective bargaining works. It ought to be a negotiation, but at the end of the day we want to have good working relationships between labor and management here in Madison.” There can be no doubt that there is an excellent relationship between Madison’s union workers and management, since their goal of fleecing the taxpayers to serve their own interests is the tie that binds. According to the E-mails, Secretary of State Doug LaFollette declined to delay publication of the law, but it all became a moot point when Senate Democrats fled the state to block the bill. Chris Kleismet from CRG said it appears the 14 Senators orchestrated their trip to Illinois to buy time for unions all over the state to work out new deals.