While confrontation has dominated the headlines in Wisconsin this past year, some community leaders are finding that cooperation is more productive.
In the City of Rhinelander, city officials have come together with city workers in positive discussions that will produce real cost savings for city taxpayers.
City workers who belong to AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Local 1226 have agreed to open their contract early to help the city save nearly $85,000 this year. In exchange, the city agreed to extend the terms of the current agreement, creating stability for both parties.
City and union leaders will talk about their cost-cutting breakthrough at a news conference on Friday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m., at Rhinelander City Hall. City of Rhinelander officials and representatives from three other city labor organizations will also be available to talk about reaching agreements with the city.