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Prison Guards to Vote on Union Representation

Associated Press

Prison Guards to Vote on Union Representation

CREATED Jun. 10, 2013

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Prison guards in Wisconsin begin voting later this month on who will represent them on collective bargaining and workplace issues.

Their decision will likely have an impact on a lawsuit involving the two labor organizations that want to represent them.

Department of Corrections security and public safety employees begin voting June 28 on whether to reorganize under their former union, the Wisconsin State Employees Union, or the organization created by the union's former local officers, the Wisconsin Association for Correctional Law Enforcement.

The guards could also vote to continue without representation.

Local WSEU groups filed a lawsuit against WACLE organizers in Winnebago County Circuit Court after several of them transferred about $100,000 in member dues into separate accounts.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media says mail balloting will conclude July 18.