Kenosha teachers union is decertified

Posted Friday, September 13, 2013 --- 9:41 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- The teachers union in Wisconsin's third largest school district has been decertified and cannot bargain base wages with its school district.

Under Act 10, unions are required to file for annual recertification by Aug. 30 if they want to be recognized as a bargaining unit. Teacher contracts in Kenosha, Janesville and Milwaukee expired this summer and the unions were required to recertify. Milwaukee and Janesville filed with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission by the deadline, but Kenosha did not.

The Journal Sentinel says Christina Brey from the Wisconsin Education Association Council says the majority of its affiliates around the state won't likely seek recertification because it's just another hoop for local unions to jump through.

Act 10 limits the unions' bargaining to base wage increases, which are tied to inflation.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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