Preliminary results show the majority of education unions that want limited collective bargaining rights under a new state law have voted to recertify.
The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission tallied the results of voting over the last two weeks by members of 208 local bargaining units for teachers and school support staff. The commission says 177 units voted to recertify with 51 percent or more of the vote.
When the Republican-controlled Legislature voted to restrict collective bargaining for public employees this year, lawmakers included a measure that requires teachers and other unions to take an annual vote to recertify. Without certification, the unions can't bargain for wages.
The State Journal (http://bit.ly/s4r948 ) says the largest state employee unions didn't seek certification. Their leaders say the payoff for recertification wasn't that great.