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State prison guards getting pay raise retroactively

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin prison guards are finally getting a one percent pay raise that most other state employees received in late June.

The affected correctional officers had their raises held back, until it could be determined whether a new union would be officially recognized. It wasn't, so officials said their raises will be retroactive to June 29th.

The state's Employment Relations Commission ruled last month that the new Wisconsin Association for Correctional Law Enforcement did not win enough votes to be recognized. The group was given official recognition last year, but it was lost in a later vote.

Members had voted 813-43 to continue its certification -- but the vast majority of the union's 5,400 members did not vote. And under the Act 10 bargaining limits, 51 percent of a group's total membership must approve certification -- which means that not voting is the same as voting no.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)