Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Aldermen With Benefits

Racine Aldermen, Bob Mozol and Melissa Kaprelian-Becker are seeking to create an ordinance to include in city employment benefit packages registered domestic partnerships and dependents.

The Siren wholeheartedly agrees.

The Wisconsin Domestic Partnership Registry was established in 2009. Since that time many Wisconsin municipalities and public employers have extended employee benefits to registered domestic partners: Madison, Milwaukee, Sun Prairie, Gateway Technical, Oshkosh School District...you can see a list here.

Naturally, a number of familiar companies also offer domestic partner benefits: American Girl, Gannett Newspapers - owner of 10 WI papers (not the JT), Marcus Theaters, Marquette University, MillerCoors, SC Johnson and WEAC.

This is not an issue about dollars - although councilmen not in favor will make it so - it is an issue of fairness. The police officer who brought this to the attention of Mozol and Kaprelian-Becker could have filed a grievance and carried it through to a court case in which she would have likely won and cost the city a fortune. She brought it to the council for consideration that all city employees be included - as they should be.

It is time Alderman, do the right thing.