Wisconsin Governor Proposes Union Compromise in E-mails

March 8, 2011 - 6:05 PM

Madison, Wis. (AP) - E-mails released by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's office show the Republican has told Senate Democrats he is open to compromise on aspects of his plan to end most collective bargaining rights for public employees.

Walker sent Democrats a list of possible proposed changes as recently as Sunday night. He says he'd be open to allowing bargaining on salary without any limit. Under his current proposal, workers would only be able to negotiate a new salary increase no greater than inflation.

He lists other possible areas that could be subject to collective bargaining, including mandatory overtime, performance bonuses and hazardous duty pay.

Senate Democrats fled the state to avoid a vote on the bill. Since then at least a couple of the Democratic senators have been in discussions with Walker's office.