Scores of school worker unions in Wisconsin mustered enough member votes in recertification elections to go on representing employees in wage negotiations, state data show.
Collective-bargaining restrictions championed by Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, prohibit public-employee unions from negotiating with managers over anything but base-wage increases based on inflation. The restrictions also require unions to hold annual elections to see whether members want them to continue their representation.
Elections for 400 unions representing teachers, school support staff, and school office workers got underway at the end of November and concluded last month. Eighty to 90 percent of the unions collected enough votes to continue wage negotiations.
A version of this article appeared in the January 08, 2014 edition of Education Week as Most Wis. School Unions Survive Recertification