Act 10 is the measure passed in 2011 by then-Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republicans that curtailed collective bargaining for most public employees, among other matters.
When we last checked in on the Act 10 promise, we rated it Stalled, as Evers had not taken any concrete steps on the matter. However, his 2021-23 budget, announced Feb. 16, 2021, proposes several key changes.
Under Act 10, only public safety and certain municipal transit workers can collectively bargain over wages, hours, and conditions of employment.
In his budget, Evers is calling for establishing collective bargaining rights for workers who have been on the frontlines of Wisconsin's COVID-19 response. This would include workers at the state and local level whose regular job duties include interacting with members of the public, large populations, or public works.
Evers is also proposing allowing frontline workers at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, WHEDA, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. -- all of which were involved in the COVID-19 response -- to collectively bargain as state employees
There were other Act 10 elements in the budget as well.
Republican legislative leaders immediately rejected the full proposal and are expected to spend the next months rewriting Evers' spending plan.
That said, Evers did finally make a move on his Act 10 promise, earning a rating of In the Works.