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ATTENTION City of Milwaukee Health Plan Participants!

The launch kits for participation in the 2015 wellness program were mailed. If you did not receive a packet, please go to the following website to download the materials:

Important dates to remember:
* August 4, 2014 - Program Begins
* September 30, 2014 - Deadline for early completion.
* October 31, 2014 - Lab work must be completed, Health Assessment and Tobacco Education Sessions must be scheduled.


Wage Increase Information - 2014 FAQs

On June 24, 2014 the Common Council approved a proposal from Mayor Tom Barrett to implement a general wage increase of 1% for eligible non-represented City employees and members of the following certain certified bargaining units:

  • SEIU Healthcare District 1199, Staff Nurses’ Council
  • Technicians, Engineers and Architects of Milwaukee (TEAM)

This wage increase is effective Pay Period 14 of 2014 (June 22nd). To be eligible for the wage increase, employees must be residents of the City of Milwaukee. Employees who establish residency outside the City of Milwaukee on or after June 22, 2014, will no longer be eligible for this wage increase effective the pay period following the change in their residency status. Wages paid to employees who become non-residents shall be those rates that were in effect on June 8, 2014 (Pay Period 13, 2014).

Please note that the wage increase does not apply to employees in the classifications of Election Inspector, Chief Inspector, and Municipal Court Commissioner; employees represented by Plumbers Local 75,  MPSO, MPA, and Local 215; members of Boards and Commissions unless otherwise authorized by a footnote (Section X of the Salary Ordinance); Elected Officials (Section XI of the Salary Ordinance); and employees of the Employees’ Retirement System whose compensation is determined by the Executive Director and/or the Annuity and Pension Board.

In addition, the Council has approved a lump-sum, non-pensionable, non-base building payment of 1% of wages earned between PP 2 and PP 13 of 2014 for eligible general city employees and employees in the aforementioned labor groups. This payment will be based upon an eligible employee’s wages earned during a period of active employment and continuous City of Milwaukee residency commencing on or after PP 2, 2014 and continuing through Pay Period 13, 2014. Eligibility for this payment is also contingent upon the employees’ active employment and continued City of Milwaukee residency through the end of PP 26 of 2014. It is anticipated that this payment will be issued in February of 2015.


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Healthy Rewards Program

The Healthy Rewards Program is the second phase of the Wellness Your Choice Milwaukee Program. Participants earn a $150 Health Reimbursement Account by achieving 100 points through biometric measures and wellness activities. The Healthy Rewards Program starts May 1, 2014 and runs through July 31, 2014.

Start collecting your points now!

Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program

City of Milwaukee’s Transitional Jobs Program

In partnership with the United Migrant Opportunity Service (UMOS) agency and the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB), the City will be placing up to 75 transitional program participants in Department of Public Works laborer assignments in August for a period not to exceed 1,040 hours.


To qualify for the program, participants must meet certain eligibility conditions through MAWIB: 414-270-7580 or UMOS: 414-389-6000
Get eligibility conditions

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Important Information Regarding the City of Milwaukee Wellness Program

The City of Milwaukee Finance and Personnel Committee will consider a resolution, file #131672, on April 16, 2014 to approve an agreement with Froedtert Health for service related to the City Wellness program that includes the resumption of the City’s “Wellness Your Choice, Milwaukee” program including the outcome based Healthy Rewards.

As you are aware, after recovering the stolen drive with employee information, the Milwaukee Police Department’s forensics staff reported that the stolen drive had not been accessed. The agreement with Froedtert Health includes language regarding enhanced security, limited data sharing, and a limited number of persons at Workforce Health having access to the data. The agreement reflects resolution regarding current and future invoices. Froedtert Health has agreed not to subcontract or use Dynacare for any city wellness efforts. The agreement has been approved by the City’s Wellness and Prevention Labor Management Committee. The City has identified the value of wellness efforts, including the outcome based wellness program, as part of an effort to provide employees with an opportunity to maintain and/or improve their health and to better control health care costs.

The City recently completed a survey that was sent to all employees regarding the wellness program. Approximately 11% of employees responded to the survey with 91% indicating they had participated in the wellness program, 77% indicating they would continue to participate in the wellness program, and 60% indicating there is value to such comprehensive wellness programs. We appreciate the employees’ responses, and have reviewed their comments as well.

DER hopes that these steps allow employees to re-engage in the City’s comprehensive wellness program. Look for additional information regarding the outcome based wellness program on this web site after the full Common Council approves the file on April 22. Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this issue.


Identity Theft Protection

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City Hall
200 E. Wells Street, Room 706
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3515

Hours of Business:
8:00 am - 4:45 pm
Monday - Friday

City offices are closed:
Friday, August 29 (furlough day) and
Monday, September 1 (Labor Day)

General Information:
(414) 286-3751

Job Information:
(414) 286-5555

Benefits / ACTIVE employees:
(414) 286-3184

Benefits / RETIRED employees:
(414) 286-3557

TDD: (414) 286-2960


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Employee Relations Director

Maria Monteagudo


Phone: 414.286.3398
Fax: 414.286.0203