403 Public Unions Holding Recertification Elections

Elections Started Nov. 29th and Continue Through Dec. 19th and affect 56,000 government employees.

MacIver News Service | December 9, 2013

[Madison, Wisc…] The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) ordered public unions affiliated with school districts to hold their recertification elections between November 29th and December 19th after the Supreme Court rejected Judge Juan Colas’ decision to hold WERC commissioners in contempt of court.

In total, 403 unions are holding recertification elections. The unions represent more than 56,000 public employees at local school districts. To recertify, unions must get 51% of the members to vote in favor of recertification.

The largest union that filed to recertify is the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, which represents 5,000 teachers and 1,500 education assistants separately. The next largest are the Racine Education Association and the Green Bay Education Association, each with 1,700 members. The Appleton Education Association rounded out the top five with 1,200 members.

The Janesville Education Association, which rushed through contracts after the passage of Act 10 in an attempt to avoid Walker’s reforms, is also filing to recertify. They represent 757 teachers in the Janesville School District.

A full list of the unions that filed for recertification is available here.