Attorneys spar over breadth of Wis. union ruling
By The Associated Press. CREATED Oct 21, 2013
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Attorneys for a half-dozen public unions are trying to convince a judge that Wisconsin labor relations officials are in contempt of court for continuing to enforce portions of Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions.
Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled last year the restrictions were unconstitutional as applied to two unions representing Madison teachers and Milwaukee public workers. It's unclear whether the ruling applies to local government unions across the state, however, and the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission is still preparing to hold annual certification elections for more than 400 unions next month.
The unions' attorneys told Colas during a hearing Monday his decision does indeed apply statewide and the WERC has ignored his ruling. WERC's attorneys counter Colas' decision doesn't apply statewide because he didn't issue an injunction.