Wis. unions demand stop to certification elections

Judge ruled law unconstitutional for teachers, public workers

Published On: Sep 20 2013 05:51:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 20 2013 06:31:12 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A group of unions have told Wisconsin employment officials to stop plans for re-certification elections.

Gov. Scott Walker's law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights includes provisions that unions hold annual elections to avoid decertification. Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled the law is unconstitutional as it applies to two unions representing Madison teachers and Milwaukee public workers.

Confusion has ensued over whether Colas' ruling applies statewide and Walker's administration has been moving forward with plans to hold this year's elections. Colas said Tuesday the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission can't enforce the law against anyone but refused to issue an injunction.

Six unions told WERC on Friday to stop the elections by Monday or they will try to hold it in contempt of court.