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2 state gov't unions file unfair labor practice charges against Walker administration


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two state government labor unions accuse the Walker administration of failing to negotiate in good faith.

The Professional Education and Information Council and the State Attorneys Association announced the filing of unfair labor practice charges Tuesday.

Both unions voted last year to re-certify under the terms of the new collective bargaining law. It allows groups to bargain only for wages at or below the rate of information – and the management sets all their other terms of employment.

John Gelhard of the attorneys’ union said Walker wants to, “dictate the terms of compensation rather than negotiate them.”

But Jocelyn Webster of Walker’s administration department said bargaining cannot begin until the state Employment Relations Commission completes the rule-making process for calculating the base wages which are open to collective bargaining.

When the rule is set, Webster says the commission will contact the unions to arrange for bargaining dates.