- A Middleton labor consultant signed nearly $600,000 in contracts. This is a result of changes to collective bargaining for state workers in 2011.The lack of public sector unions created a void that allowed counties and cities to set their own pay scales without bargaining. It also allowed them to compare wages to the private sector. The Carlson Dettmann Consulting firm has completed at least 12 compensation studies around the state since Act 10 became law. They've pretty much cornered the state market having been hired by 42 of Wisconsin's 72 counties. They charge about $50,000 per study.
Written By: Associated Press