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Wisconsin legislature approves Milwaukee schools plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Assembly and Senate have agreed to allow Milwaukee schools to reopen negotiations for compensation or fringe-benefit concessions without nullifying existing union contracts.

The measure giving them 90 days passed the Assembly early Wednesday. It passed the Senate later Wednesday. Gov. Scott Walker supports it.

Milwaukee city officials asked Milwaukee Public Schools to contribute nearly $10 million more to the pension plan because of financial market downturns. So the teachers union, school board and the superintendent asked the Legislature for the opportunity to negotiate to reduce costs.

Milwaukee schools didn't take part in a 90-day window that recently closed, which allowed unions and municipal employees to make contract adjustments.

Other teachers unions asked Milwaukee to withdraw its request, saying it would give Walker a political advantage in the recall election.

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