Republicans seek to stop UW unionization
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Four Republican lawmakers are proposing a bill that will stop 500 University of Wisconsin staff members being forced to join labor unions.
UW academic staff have argued they ought to be able to decide whether or not they join a union. The Board of Regents last month filed a legal complaint to stop the process.
The dispute started in 2009 when unions petitioned the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission to reclassify nearly 500 UW System employees from "academic staff" to "classified staff," thereby forcing them into collective bargaining units.
The bill is being sponsored by longtime UW critic Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, and state Sens. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester.
They argue that no one should be forced to join a union.