Wisconsin school unions ready for recertification try


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At least 115 school employee union chapters plan to hold votes to see if they can go on negotiating at least their members’ wages.

Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining law requires unions to hold annual votes to officially represent members at the bargaining table. The deadline for school union chapters to notify the state if they plan to hold elections this year is Friday.

It’s unclear how many school union chapters exist in Wisconsin, but state employment officials say at last count 115 local associations had notified the state they plan to vote.

If the elections succeed, the unions can continue to represent their members in negotiations. They won’t be able to negotiate much, though — Walker’s law allows them to bargain only over cost-of-living salary increases.