space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* M&O Boys Basketball - Wausaukee Keeps Pressure on M&O Leaders
* M&O Girls Basketball - Peshtigo Tightens Grip on Conference Crown
* Crivitz Hosts All-Girls Wrestling Tournament
* Guns & Hoses Basketball Game Raises $10,892 for Special Olympics
* Cousins Subs Sports Awards Scholarships

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Mattison Not Admonished By District Appeals Court

It was incorrectly reported in the Peshtigo Times issue of Wednesday, Feb. 12, that Marinette County Corporation Counsel Gale Mattison was one of the attorneys admonished by the 3rd District Court of Appeals in the case of the Marinette County Professional Employees Union versus Marinette County.

According to Mattison, Marinette County was represented by the outside counsel of Attorneys Andrew T. Phillips and Patrick Casey Henneger of Mequon.

The Court of Appeals admonished Marinette County and the two attorneys who represented it at the appeals court level for “attempting to mislead us.” The case was over interpretation of how a contract extension was handled.

An arbitrator ruled in favor of the union, extending the contract for another year as listed in the contract of Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2011. A clause in the contract stated it would remain in full force from year to year unless either party gives written notice to the other prior to June 1, 2011.

The county contended that the automatic extension could not occur because of a state law prohibiting union contracts for more than three years.

The matter first went to a hearing before an arbitrator, Lauri A. Millot of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission who issued an 11 page history of the case. A hearing was held on March 28, 2012 and Mattison represented Marinette County and John Spiegelhoff the union. Both parties submitted briefs and reply briefs the last which was received on May 14, 2012.

Background of the issue was the budget state budget repair bill (Act 10) introduced Feb. 11, 2011 by Gov. Scott Walker which among provisions would eliminate nearly all collective bargaining rights for most non-protective public sector employees.

According to the report of the arbitrator both parties in a time of confusion as to what, if anything would follow expiration of the 2010-11 contract. A telephone call was made on March 11, 2011 to Marinette County Human Resources Director Jennifer Holtger from Randall Etten , union staff representatives. He left a voice mail message inquiring if Marinette County was interested to meet and confer about extending the labor agreement a couple years and indicated that a wage freeze and WRS concessions would be possible.

Holtger responded with an email on March 14 that Marinette County was not in a position to discuss collective bargaining at this time.

On July 18, 2011 Etten wrote Holtger that the union believed the labor agreement had automatically renewed itself, based on an article in the agreement that unless either party notifies the other party in writing that they desire to alter or amend the agreement by June 1 in the last year of the existing agreement. It was Etten’s understanding that neither party requested to reopen the agreement of Jan. 1. 2009 to Dec. 31, 2011 prior to June 1, 2011. Therefore the agreement was automatically extended under the same terms and conditions through Dec. 31, 2012.

Marinette County disagreed and on Aug. 23, 2011 sent Etten an email that the county declines to extend the agreements. On Sept. 5, 2011, the union filed a grievance and the matter then went to arbitration.

On Aug. 10, 2012, arbitrator Lauri A. Millot ruled in favor of the union that the contract automatically renewed for calendar year 2012.

On June 6, 2013 at the Executive Committee of the Marinette County Board of Supervisors meeting, a portion was closed to the public.

In addition to committee members, Mattison and County Administrator Ellen Sorensen were present for that closed session. Under provisions of Wisconsin’s Open Meetings laws, closed sessions are permitted for conferring with legal counsel on legal strategies.

Following the closed session, the Executive Committee authorized Mattison to hire an outside attorney to pursue legal action in the case in an amount not to exceed $15,000.

The case then went before Marinette County Circuit Court Judge David Miron who at a hearing on May 24, 2013 granted a motion to confirm the arbitration award. Present in court representing Marinette County for that hearing were Phillips and Mattison. Representing the union was Halstead.

On June 3, 2013 Judge Miron issued an order confirmation the arbitration award and denying the Marinette County motion to vacate or modify the arbitration award.

On July 16, 2013 Marinette County filed a notice of appeal which went to the 3rd District Court of Appeals. The Appeals Court on Tuesday, Feb. 11 filed their decision denying the Marinette County appeal and affirming the decision of Judge Miron and admonishing the county attorneys.

On Feb. 11, 2014 the law firm representing the union in both circuit court and court of appeals posted a notice on their web site that the union had won. The union attorneys were Aaron Halstead and Colin Good of Madison. Their message also pointed out that union leaders estimated the court’s decision preserved well in excess of $100,000 in retirement benefits for its members which Marinette County sought to escape paying by appealing the arbitrator’s award.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
02-10-2016Sports
M&O Boys Basketball - Wausaukee Keeps Pressure on M&O Leaders

02-10-2016Sports
M&O Girls Basketball - Peshtigo Tightens Grip on Conference Crown

02-10-2016Sports
Crivitz Hosts All-Girls Wrestling Tournament

02-10-2016Sports
Guns & Hoses Basketball Game Raises $10,892 for Special Olympics

02-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
Senator To Visit Wausaukee School

02-10-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
MI Board Meeting Feb. 11

02-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
Auxiliary Unit 66 Plans Scholarship

02-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
Church Fish Fries To Begin

02-10-2016Perspectives
From our readers

02-10-2016
From My Window

02-10-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Area Woman’s Club Offers Scholarships

02-10-2016Community - Crivitz
7th, 8th Grade Students To Lead P/T Conferences

02-10-2016Community - Crivitz
Girls Nite Out To Aid Charities

02-10-2016Community - Crivitz
Craft-O-Rama at Crivitz Feb. 13

02-10-2016Obituaries
Stella Turek 

02-10-2016Community - Coleman
Food Pantry To Open Feb. 17

02-10-2016Obituaries
Gunder E. Thompson

02-10-2016Obituaries
Gale F. Schneider

02-10-2016Community - Coleman
Child Development Days at Coleman School

02-10-2016Obituaries
Ruth Moore Schmidt

02-10-2016Obituaries
Roger C. Salewsky

02-10-2016Community - Coleman
Kickers Plan Valentine Dance

02-10-2016Community - Coleman
Lenten Worship at Living Waters

02-10-2016Obituaries
Bethany L. Rieth

02-10-2016Obituaries
Annabell J. Prince

02-10-2016Obituaries
Victoria J. Peterson

02-10-2016Obituaries
Mary E. Paulich

02-10-2016Obituaries
John D. Nichols

02-10-2016Obituaries
Gladyce B. McLeod

02-10-2016Obituaries
Shirley Manning

02-10-2016Obituaries
Robert J. LaLonde

02-10-2016Obituaries
Thomas Kowalski

02-10-2016Obituaries
Louise I. Kazmer

02-10-2016Obituaries
Robert L. Gering, Sr.

02-10-2016Obituaries
Dorothy Fellion

02-10-2016Obituaries
Judith A. DeBack

02-10-2016Obituaries
Edward R. Chaney

02-10-2016Obituaries
Paul J. Brunick

02-10-2016Obituaries
Leanne H. Bousley

02-10-2016Obituaries
Robert K. Becker

02-10-2016Obituaries
Vivian A. Wood

02-10-2016Obituaries
Keith D. West Sr.

02-10-2016Front Page
RESPOND TO FIRE

02-10-2016Obituaries
Stella J. Lambrecht

02-10-2016Obituaries
Peter P. Kiefer

02-10-2016Obituaries
Marilyn A. Haines

02-10-2016Front Page
Set March 1 Hearing On Peshtigo Sewer Rate Hike

02-10-2016Obituaries
Richard A. Greening

02-10-2016Obituaries
Bruce E. Christensen

02-10-2016Front Page
Land Committee Acts On Road, Seek DNR Grant

02-10-2016Obituaries
Patricia A. Bottger

02-10-2016Front Page
Chances Good For City Fish Viewing Platform Grant

02-10-2016Front Page
Horses, Fire Towers, Deer On County Forest Agenda

02-03-2016Obituaries
Patricia A. Voight

02-03-2016Obituaries
Charles Vine

02-03-2016Obituaries
Richard J. Vertz, SFC (R)

02-03-2016Obituaries
Sister Margie Traeger

02-03-2016Obituaries
Elizabeth M. Steeno

02-03-2016Obituaries
Delores “Dee” (Heisler) Scully

02-03-2016Obituaries
Vernette A. Schultz

02-03-2016Obituaries
Abigail R. Reiswitz

02-03-2016Obituaries
Kenneth Maloney

02-03-2016Obituaries
Dan Lorenz

02-03-2016Obituaries
Leland E. Kamps

02-03-2016Obituaries
Beverly J. Ehlinger

02-03-2016Obituaries
Lawrence J. Denowski

02-03-2016Obituaries
Barbara A. Decker

02-03-2016Obituaries
Elizabeth M. Steeno

02-03-2016Obituaries
Walter J. Remic Jr.

02-03-2016Obituaries
Theresa A. Nault

02-03-2016Obituaries
Bryan Mattison

02-03-2016Obituaries
David S. Jennings

02-03-2016Obituaries
Vernon D. Holmer, Jr.

02-03-2016Obituaries
Sharon Hanson

02-03-2016Obituaries
Anna A. Furst 

02-03-2016Obituaries
Alden P. Edwards

02-03-2016Obituaries
Bernard “Bernie” J. Boucher

02-03-2016Sports
Cousins Subs Sports Awards Scholarships

02-03-2016Sports
Area Wrestling - Gillett/Suring Downs Dogs for Second Spot in M&O

02-03-2016Sports
M&O Girls Basketball - Lady Bulldogs Fall to State Ranked Royals

02-03-2016Sports
M&O Boys Basketball - Wausaukee Battles Back to Beat St.Thomas Aquinas

02-03-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-03-2016Perspectives
From our readers

02-03-2016Perspectives
From My Window

02-03-2016Community - Wausaukee
Natural Resources Board Elects New Officers

02-03-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive February 8th

02-03-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Junior, Senior High Honor Students

02-03-2016Community - Wausaukee
Hillside Assembly to Host Wild Game Banquet and Seminars

02-03-2016Community - Crivitz
CHS Senior Class Play on Feb. 21

02-03-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz High School Quarter Honor Roll

02-03-2016Community - Crivitz
Tomaszewski Gets On UJ Honor Roll

02-03-2016Community - Crivitz
Northland at Dunbar To Continue Camps, Rentals

02-03-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Middle School Lists Semester, Quarter Honor Rolls

02-03-2016Community - Coleman
Ashley Dellenbach Benefit Feb. 7th

02-03-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Has Mortgage of Former Compe Building

02-03-2016Community - Coleman
Semester, Quarter Honor Rolls for Coleman High

02-03-2016Front Page
Drug Court Exceeds Hopes, Now Looking At Mental Court

02-03-2016Front Page
Crivitz School Considers Background Check Options

02-03-2016Front Page
Peshtigo Chamber Takes Nominations for Richard Roland Persons of the Year

02-03-2016Front Page
Storm Causes Business, All Schools Closings

02-03-2016Front Page
Marinette Council Approves Annexation of New Hospital Site

01-27-2016Front Page
Cold Water Rescue Training

01-27-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

01-27-2016Front Page
County Writes Off $500,000 Loan To Defunct Company

01-27-2016Front Page
Judge Hears Crivitz Suit Oral Arguments

01-27-2016Front Page
Wausaukee Faces March Water Inspection Deadline

01-27-2016Front Page
Hattie St. Bridge Project Outlined at Public Meet

01-27-2016Perspectives
From our readers

01-27-2016Perspectives
From our readers

01-27-2016Front Page
DOT To Air Hwy. 41 Plans At 5 p.m. Public Meet Jan. 28

01-27-2016Perspectives
From My Window

01-27-2016Sports
UW-Marinette Takes Lead Over Huskies in East

01-27-2016Sports
Coleman Grapplers Stop Bay Port on Alumni Night

01-27-2016Sports
Peshtigo Continues Winning Ways, Extends Lead

01-27-2016Sports
Wolverines Sweep Rangers, Take Half Game Lead

01-27-2016Community - Wausaukee
Open Enrollment at Wausaukee

01-27-2016Community - Wausaukee
9th District Top in State in Auxiliary Membership

01-27-2016Community - Wausaukee
Says Wausaukee Rescue Squad Staffed And Solvent

01-27-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive February 8th

01-27-2016Community - Crivitz
Marinette County K9 Visits Crivitz School

01-27-2016Community - Crivitz
13th Annual Crivitz Craft Fest is May 7

01-27-2016Community - Coleman
ZZ Top Tribute Band at Equity Hall Jan. 30

01-27-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman School Looks At Conference Realignments

01-27-2016Community - Coleman
Village Board To Meet Feb. 1

01-27-2016Community - Coleman
KC Fish Fry To Start

01-27-2016Obituaries
Kenneth R. Schuman

01-27-2016Obituaries
Frank Steele

01-27-2016Obituaries
Kenneth E. Seefeldt

01-27-2016Obituaries
Maurice J. Rhude

01-27-2016Obituaries
William H. Olsen, Sr.

01-27-2016Obituaries
Leslie J. Lovato

01-27-2016Obituaries
Marian G. Linsmeier

01-27-2016Obituaries
Virginia M. Korch

01-27-2016Obituaries
Mary Haworth

01-27-2016Obituaries
John C. Behnke 

01-27-2016Obituaries
Douglas J. Bailey

01-27-2016Obituaries
Allen Van Winkle

01-27-2016Obituaries
Robert L. Rondeau

01-27-2016Obituaries
Robert Rosera

01-27-2016Obituaries
Tiodolo Fidel Perea

01-27-2016Obituaries
Ava E. Moody

01-27-2016Obituaries
Jim C. Maynard, Sr.

01-27-2016Obituaries
Craig A. Lind

01-27-2016Obituaries
Emma Koenig

01-27-2016Obituaries
Rose M. Kettleson

01-27-2016Obituaries
Donald Jensen

01-27-2016Obituaries
Stanley Jaroszewski

01-27-2016Obituaries
Mary A. Jacobson

01-27-2016Obituaries
Walter Holtz


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should the DNR remove the fire towers?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2016
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites