Most Wis. school unions survive elections

Posted Thursday, December 19, 2013 --- 4:25 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- New data from Wisconsin labor relations officials show the majority of 400 school worker unions survived recertification elections and can continue to negotiate members' wages.

Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions prohibit public employee unions from negotiating with managers over anything beyond base wage increases based on inflation. The restrictions also require the unions to hold annual certification elections to see whether members want the organizations to continue to represent them in those limited negotiations.

Elections for 400 school worker unions began Nov. 29 and wrapped up at noon on Thursday. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission released figures that show about members of roughly 81 percent of the unions voted to allow the organizations to continue wage negotiations.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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