UPDATE: Wis. officials decide to continue union votes

UPDATED Monday, November 25, 2013 --- 11:00 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin labor relations officials have decided to move ahead with re-certification elections for school district worker unions in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling.

Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions require public employee unions to hold annual elections to see if members want the organizations to continue to represent them in wage negotiations.

But Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled in 2012 that the provisions are unconstitutional as they applied to a Madison teachers union and a Milwaukee public worker union. He found the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission in contempt in October for moving ahead with the re-certifications elections for about 400 school district worker unions.

But the state Supreme Court lifted the contempt order last week. WERC voted Monday to re-start the elections on Friday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Friday, November 22, 2013 --- 11:22 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The attorney for the state's labor commission says union recertification elections are likely to begin next week given a Wisconsin Supreme Court order issued late Thursday.

Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission attorney Peter Davis said Friday that the commission will meet Monday morning and receive advice from the attorney general's office about how to proceed.

The Supreme Court vacated a contempt order issued against the commissioners for moving ahead with the elections. The court did not rule on the underlying case, which declared unconstitutional portions of the collective bargaining law affecting local unions.

The unions' attorney Lester Pines has said if commissioners move ahead with the elections while the appeal is pending, he may ask the Supreme Court to find them in contempt.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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