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More legal action possible from new union recertification elections

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - There might be more legal action stemming from the new recertification elections that begin Friday for over 400 public school unions in Wisconsin.

The state's Employment Relations Commission notified school districts and unions Monday about the voting window -- which will run from Friday through December 19th.

Last week, the State Supreme Court threw out a contempt order which held up the annual union recertification elections, which are part of the Act 10 public union bargaining limits. 

The Supreme Court is still reviewing a judge's decision that Act 10 is unconstitutional for public school and local government unions. Union attorney Lester Pines says it means that all school unions continue to be certified bargaining limits -- and if there are unions that don't win the new elections, Pines says they'll go to court to try and keep their certification status. 

Under Act 10, 51 percent of all union members must vote to recertify, instead of the old requirement of 50-plus percent of those voting. That means members who don't vote are actually voting no.

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