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Teachers unions meet with salary restrictions

Michele Fiore

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in Springfield, Ill. Walker says he's using Illinois and its many problems as an argument for keeping him in office. The first-term Republican faces a recall election in June primarily because he restricted union bargaining rights for state employees. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) ORG XMIT: ILSP101 Photo: Image by Seth Perlman

Teachers unions meet with salary restrictions

CREATED Apr. 21, 2012

MADISON - In the weeks leading up to the recall elections, Governor Scott Walker has taken a bold move, placing additional restrictions on teachers' unions in terms of negotiating for inflation-based pay raises. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the rule change wouldn't use an individual's actual salary as a base salary to calculate raises for teachers in public schools and technical colleges.

The move further restricts what was agreed to last year in the controversial legislation.

A spokesperson for the Walker administration says the change is necessary to implement labor legislation signed by the governor last year. 

Under that deal, bargaining by unions had to be limited to cost of living adjustments. 

Walker's new change would further limit that.