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On June 23, 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court determined that Wis. Stat. § 66.0502 precludes the City from enforcing its residency requirement. Common Council File #160453 recommended for approval  by the Finance and Personnel Committee on July 20, 2016, is a charter ordinance relating to residency requirements for certain City of Milwaukee employees.

Consistent with Wis. Stat. § 66.0502 (4)(b) this charter ordinance enacts legislation imposing a residency requirement on law enforcement, fire, and emergency personnel to reside within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the City. The changes to the charter ordinance also include allowing the City Service Commission and the Fire and Police Commission to continue to administer, interpret, and enforce the provisions of this new residency requirement, including reviewing requests for extensions from new or prospective employees to establish residency within 15 miles of the boundaries and reviewing requests for hardship exceptions. The Commissions are also authorized under the proposed language to identify emergency personnel for purposes of this requirement.

This file will be considered by the Common Council at the July 26th meeting. If approved, the City Service Commission and the Fire and Police Commission will review and modify its rules as necessary. Information regarding the timeline for such rule changes will be shared as soon as it is available.  DER will honor “meet and confer” and/or bargaining obligations, if any, as we go through this process.

Recommendations regarding a wage differential have not been finalized and changes are not anticipated until after the Common Council’s August recess.


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Salary adjustments for general City employees for 2016 (r. 04.08.16)

Common Council File #151209 was approved by the Finance and Personnel Committee and the Common Council in December 2015. Therefore, changes were made to the Salary Ordinance that allowed the Department of Employee Relations to create and administer salary adjustment provisions in 2016 for City of Milwaukee employees who have been excluded from pay progression practices allowed under career ladders created in 2012 and beyond or employees covered by provisions of labor agreements.

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Pension Contribution Changes Effective 02.01.15 (r. 02.11.15)

Effective February 1st or Pay Period 4 of 2015, all general city employee members of the Employee’ Retirement System who were hired prior to January 1, 2014 will contribute 5.5% of their earnable compensation (i.e., base salary) towards their pension. The following table summarizes employees’ eligibility for salary adjustments as a result of having to make this 5.5% contribution per the WI Supreme Court decision on Act 10.

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Healthy Rewards Program: ENDS JUNE 30th

There is still time to complete the Healthy Rewards Program and receive a $250 HRA. The deadline to submit points is June 30th.

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


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(414) 286-3751
(414) 286-5555 (job hotline)
(414) 286-2960 (TDD)

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Employee Relations Director

Maria Monteagudo


Phone: 414.286.3398
Fax: 414.286.0203