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Union recertification votes could begin next week

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - About 400 Wisconsin local government and public school unions could start their annual recertification votes as early as next week. 

The state Employment Relations Commission was in the process of scheduling those votes, when a judge ruled that the agency was in contempt of court for doing so.

The State Supreme Court lifted the contempt order Thursday. Commission attorney Peter Davis says his agency will get advice from the state Justice Department on Monday on how to proceed. 

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled that the elections were not legal, under his earlier ruling that the Act 10 bargaining law was unconstitutional for local and school unions. 

State officials say the Colas ruling applied only to two original plaintiffs. Colas said his ruling applied to all local and school unions. 

If the state goes ahead with the recertification votes, union attorney Lester Pines says he'll ask the Supreme Court to find the state in contempt.

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