Wis. unions file contempt motion over restrictions
The Associated Press
CREATED Sep. 24, 2013
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group of unions has asked a judge to hold Wisconsin labor relations officials in contempt of court for continuing to enforce parts of Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions.
A Madison judge ruled last year that the restrictions were unconstitutional as applied to two unions representing Madison teachers and Milwaukee public workers. The Wisconsin Employee Relations Commission has continued to prepare for union certification elections in November as prescribed in the restrictions regardless.
Six public employee unions asked Colas to block WERC's preparations. Judge Juan Colas said last week his ruling applies to everyone but refused to issue an injunction.
WERC has refused to stop the election preparations. The unions filed a contempt motion with Colas on Tuesday afternoon seeking $2,000 for each day the commission continues the work.