The Overture Center has settled its debt and is now restructuring itself under new management. But one Overture employee hasn't given up the fight.
Davin Pickell, a member of AFSCME Local 60, which represents some Overture employees, has filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Employees Relations Commission claiming the city and the Overture Center broke several state laws by excluding unions from the negotiation process.
As a remedy, Pickell (see letter to the editor) is seeking to keep all Overture workers employed by the city and to have ownership of the facility turned over to a nonprofit of his choosing.
But his demands don't end there. Pickell's filing says: "The complainant also requests a pony." And he wants the address of Overture changed to 251 State St. "in recognition of the hard work of the membership of IATSE Local 251 to fight the illegal acts of the defendants." And finally: "The complainant also requests one 20-inch jalapeno pizza from any pizza parlor of his choice, every day, for the rest of his life, to enjoy, or to share, as he so chooses."