Newsmakers: Executive Director of AFSCME Marty Beil
Marty Beil is executive director of AFSCME Council 24, which represents about 22,000 unionized state workers. In a Dec. 2 Newsmakers interview, Beil said he is pushing for a lame-duck session of the Legislature to approve labor contracts that include no pay raises and increased contributions for health-care costs and pensions, Beil said. The veteran union leader said he expects incoming Republican Gov. Scott Walker to try and to raise the number of annual furlough days for state workers from 8 to about 20 and require those workers to contribute 5% toward their pensions – changes Beil will fight. Labor negotiations with Walker will “get ugly,” Beil predicted. He said he expects Republican legislators to a push union-busting bill that would make Wisconsin a “right to work” state.