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Corrections officers union wants court to drop certification vote

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A new state correctional officers' union has asked a judge to drop a requirement that it hold another certification vote next month. 

The Wisconsin Association for Correctional Law Enforcement was formed in July, when it voted to engage in the limited collective bargaining for wages allowed under Act-10.  Now, state employment relations' officials say the union needs to hold another election in November -- just like the state's other unions -- in order to remain certified. 

Yesterday the new prison guards' union asked a Dane County judge to throw out a second vote, saying it already met its Act-10 obligation.  A court recently threw out re-certification votes for local government and public school unions, and the state is appealing.  However, that issue has no bearing on the correctional workers, because state employees remain covered under Act-10. 

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