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Wheeler approves new labor contract with employees

By LeAnn R. Ralph

WHEELER — The Wheeler Village Board approved a new labor contract with employees at the December 9 meeting.

Following a closed session that lasted only a few minutes, the Wheeler Village Board unanimously approved the new contract for 2015.

Marlene Larson, village trustee, noted that village board members were pleased with the job being done by Robin Goodell, village clerk-treasurer, and Chris Goodell, water operator, to keep the village running smoothly.

The new contract reflects a wage increase of 1.6 percent, the maximum allowable by state law.

Wisconsin’s Act 10 prohibits collective bargaining with public employees for working conditions and other benefits and only allows bargaining for a wage increase equal to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In other business, the Wheeler Village Board set the village’s caucus for January 6 at 6 p.m.

The village board also approved a two-year contract with the Dunn County Humane Society.

The humane society contract is based on a per-capita assessment of $1.52 for 2015 and $1.63 for 2016.