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Democrat who voted against union contracts gets job in Walker administration

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Jeff Plale
Jeff Plale

MADISON (WSAU) A Democrat who lost his state Senate seat in last fall’s primary has landed a job with the Republican Walker administration – and a union leader calls it political payback. Governor Scott Walker named Jeff Plale of South Milwaukee as the head of the Division of State Facilities. He’ll make $90,000 a year managing the state government’s buildings and real estate, and helping the State Building Commission.

Walker’s office said Plale is well-qualified for the post, after serving on the commission for 10 years. But State Employees’ Union chief Marty Beil called it payback, after Plale snubbed his Democratic colleagues last month by voting against overdue union contracts. The Democrats scrambled to get the deals approved before leaving power last month. But Plale and former Senate leader Russ Decker cast the deciding votes to kill the contracts. And they sided with Walker – who wanted to keep the deals open to make employees pay more for their health insurance and pensions.

Union chief Beil called Decker a “whore” right after that vote – and he has a similar sentiment for Plale. Yesterday, Beil said the appointment shows that Walker quote, “doesn’t draw the line at the world’s oldest profession.”

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