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Act 10 affected health care workers -- Steve Rankin
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Act 10 affected health care workers -- Steve Rankin

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While it is well-known that Act 10 restricted bargaining rights for state employees, less known is that union activity was banned at UW Hospitals and Clinics. UW Hospital and Clinics employees are not paid by tax dollars, so the state didn't save money.

When pre-Act 10 contracts expired, each union was banned from the hospital. No bargaining has been allowed since. Shortly before Act 10, we had a fully paid health care plan with no out-of-pocket costs. We now pay more than $200/month in premiums, we have a deductible to meet, office visits have a co-pay, and procedures are subject to co-insurance (meaning a portion paid out of pocket). Our maximum annual out-of-pocket cost was adjusted to just meet required standards of the Affordable Care Act.

In other words, those of us who are caring for COVID-19 patients are provided with the bare minimum. Ten years after Act 10, I have less money in my pocket after each paycheck.

Steve Rankin, Madison

The only Republican senator to vote against Act 10 a decade ago is our guest on today's political podcast, "Center Stage, with Milfred and Hands." Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

See the whole series: The Great Divide: 10 years since Act 10

A decade later, the Wisconsin State Journal looks back at the historic debate and protests over the controversial anti-union law known as Act 10.

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