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State agency may be held in contempt over Act 10 ruling violations


MADISON (WKOW) -- Officials on the state labor relations board could be held in contempt if a group of unions gets their way.

Last year, Dane County Judge Juan Colas ruled restrictions on two unions representing Madison Teachers, Inc. and Milwaukee public workers were unconstitutional.

Despite that ruling, the Wisconsin Employee Relations Commission (WERC) has worked in-line with those restrictions to prepare for union certification elections in November.

Six public employee unions asked Judge Colas to block WERC's preparations.

"This is an issue that every citizen in this state should be vitally concerned about because this goes to the fundamental issue of the rule of law," says Lester Pines, attorney for the Kenosha Education Association. "Judge Colas declared a number of parts of Act 10 to be unconstitutional."

WERC has refused to stop the election preparations. The unions filed a contempt motion with Colas Tuesday afternoon, seeking $2,000 for each day the commission continues the work.

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