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Unions ask judge to hold labor relations officials in contempt over Act 10

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A half-dozen public employee unions asked a Madison judge Tuesday afternoon to hold state labor relations officials in contempt of court. 

That was after Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled last week that his decision from last year which struck down parts the Act 10 bargaining limits applied statewide. 

The head of the two-member Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, James Scott, continues to abide by the law -- and he's proceeding with about 400 annual recertification elections that various unions requested for this fall under Act 10. 

Madison Teachers Incorporated and a Milwaukee city employee union were the plaintiffs in the Colas lawsuit, and they asked for an injunction to block the other union re-certification votes. 

Colas rejected the injunction while clarifying that his ruling from last year did not apply just to the two plaintiffs. 

Among the plaintiffs asking the contempt citation is the Kenosha teachers' union. The state de-certified the group for not holding a fresh election -- and the union said it did not have to hold such a vote under Colas's ruling. 

State officials have pointed to federal rulings in other lawsuits which have upheld Act 10.