81 School Unions Decertified in Wisconsin Union Votes


Why was Judge Juan Colas so desperate to block school workers from voting?

Two unions had sued the state over having to hold the recertification elections and Colas ruled in their favor. WERC then went ahead with planning elections for unions not involved in the lawsuit. Colas claimed his ruling applied statewide and found the commissioners in contempt.

The State Supreme Court ruled that Colas was wrong on Thursday, November 21st and lifted the contempt order. WERC voted the next day to go ahead with the elections under the new timeline.

Because the results were a union decertification massacre.

A closer look at the results of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) recertification elections show that 16,977 government workers did not vote in favor of their union.

In total, government workers rejected 81 school district unions during the recertification elections that ended on Thursday.

AFSCME Local 60 Council 40, including support staff in the Sun Prairie School District, was the largest union to be decertified. Only 135 of the 367 members voted to recertify.

Substitute teachers with the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association also decertified with 128 of 320 members voting for the union.

There were 22 actual teachers unions that decertified. The largest included New Berlin, Menomonee Falls, Pewaukee, Berlin, Waterford.

Why are the results this ugly? One reason is that younger teachers have little stake in a teachers’ union system geared toward seniority and professional activists.

  • Canadianpatriot

    There is hope for America, and the actions of these good people fills my heart with joy. What wonderful news for Christmas!

  • pupsncats

    Unions “our” my cup of tea? Hope the woman carrying the sign isn’t a teacher.

    This is good news and very surprising. But it seems with Scott Walker, more Wisconsin citizens have woken up to the reality of how destructive unions are.

  • ron

    Unions level the playing field for all the members and those that have voted against re-certification think they have no stake in that and they will believe that right up until they get handed their rif’s…We need more Unions in this country not less look around where are there any good jobs the guys that had control shipped em out for cheap help and unless you are cheap help you are out

    • Americanish

      Unions can be a good thing.

      They would not have happened if there had not been a need.

      However, like any organization they can be corrupted. When I was in a union shop it did nothing for me except take money and negotiate lousy contracts. It had the added benefit of adding another flavor of elite to the mix, union bosses. They get to hob nob with other power elite and live quite well.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Oh yeah, we need more collectivism. Spend all of your time huddling with the other sheep.

    • Boots

      If you’re really concerned about wages and unemployment you need to go after the corporatists in both parties who are pushing “immigration reform”. The CBO scoring of the Senate bill projects that it will suppress wages and increase unemployment. You can unionize all of the immigrants currently here illegally but it won’t help wages… full employment will. As long as we refuse to enforce immigration law we will have a cash only, untaxed, under-economy. We have a full on assault on the poor by Democrats… who want more poor so they have a steady supply of voters… and Chamber of Commerce Republicans who don’t want more poor (poor people don’t buy as much stuff) but do want the suppressed wages to help their personal business climate.

      As for teacher unions… they brought this on themselves by demanding more than taxpayers can afford and not negotiating in good faith. Their tactics burned some bridges and even alienated some of their members.

  • truebearing

    As a resident of Wisconsin, and a veteran of the Collective Extortion Wars, aka Tea Party support of Act 10, this doesn’t surprise me in the least. The University of Wisconsin TAA spearheaded the protests of Act 10, but after losing the battle, wouldn’t reveal the results of subsequent recertification elections. If I remember correctly, they couldn’t get the votes needed for recertification, so they obscured the results. No surprise then that unions are failing in recertification all over the state. Boo-hoo.

    In case he’s reading this, assuming he can, I just want to say Ha-Ha to the union thug we prevented from disrupting Brietbart and Palin, on the Square, in the snow, with thousands of Madison’s marxist mutants doing everything they could to drown out free speech, but failing miserably. We were the ones who took your lackey’s duck call and threw it into the crowd. Yes, your minions damaged my truck because you didn’t agree with my bumper sticker, but you damaged your cause far worse, moron.