How does a community determine what the
percentage change in CPI is for purposes of determining its limits on
bargaining over base wages?
By calling the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. Contact Peter Davis, WERC Legal Counsel: (608) 266-2993; firstname.lastname@example.org
State law, as modified by Act 10, provides as follows:
(1) (cm) “Consumer price index change” means the average annual
percentage change in the consumer price index for all urban consumers,
U.S. city average, as determined by the federal department of labor, for
the 12 months immediately preceding the current date.
(mbb) For purposes of determining compliance with par. (mb), the
commission (i.e., WERC) shall provide, upon request, to a municipal
employer or to any representative of a collective bargaining unit
containing a general municipal employee, the consumer price index change
during any 12−month period. The commission may get the information from
the department of revenue.
The following information is posted on the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission Website: http://werc.wi.gov/
letter dated September 28, 2011, Secretary of Revenue Richard G.
Chandler advised the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission that the
CPI-U increase applicable to one year collective bargaining agreements
with a term beginning January 1, 2012 is 2.01%
requests for the CPI-U change for contracts with a term beginning
January 1, 2011 and July 1, 2011 remain pending with the Department of