Two unions file unfair labor practice complaints against Walker administration – JSOnline

24 Mar

At least two public-sector unions that recertified last year have filed unfair labor practice complaints against Gov. Scott Walker’s administration, accusing it of failing to negotiate in good faith.

The two unions are the State Professional Education and Information Council #1 and the Wisconsin State Attorneys Association.

In a statement, the education union said the state had not negotiated with the group, or provided dates for bargaining, since Walker took office in January 2011.

“After a year of repeated requests to simply come up with dates for negotiations, which resulted in a series of rebukes and dismissals by the Office of State Employment Relations, we have been put in the position of filing complaints to bring Gov. Walker and his representatives to the table with state employees, as they are required to do by law,” said a statement from the education union.

Council #1 is the education bargaining unit for the State of Wisconsin, representing education workers in several state agencies around the state.

John Gelhard, a spokesman for the Wisconsin State Attorneys Association, said the Walker administration had violated the provisions of Act 10 by “failing to bargain with any of the unions that recertified in November. Despite his upbeat commercials where he suggests a willingness to work with state employees, Scott Walker wants to dictate the terms of compensation rather than negotiate them.”

At least four other unions are expected to file similar complaints.

Jocelyn Webster, a Department of Administration spokeswoman, said the state’s Office of Employment Relations had responded to inquiries from certified unions regarding questions about the bargaining process and schedule.

“As they have told unions requesting dates for negotiations, OSER is unable to commence the bargaining process until the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) finishes the rule-making process to define the calculation of base wages subject to collective bargaining. When that rule is finalized, OSER will contact the unions representing state employees to schedule bargaining dates,” she said.

via Two unions file unfair labor practice complaints against Walker administration – JSOnline.

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