Several thousand Wisconsin state security and safety employees are set to vote within two months time to decide whether to break away from the Wisconsin State Employees Union. The vote was ordered after the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission concluded that little harm had been done by state officials. The concern had been that state officials were treating the WSEU unfairly and giving advantages to the splinter group. If certified, the new group would be able to negotiate with the state for employment benefits.
As a result, the organizing staff of WSEU had to be reduced. The WSEU director has stated that the new group is wrong to think that a smaller union will be able to make progress in negotiations with the state. The interim president of the new group has said that if they are certified, they will obtain better pay and better working conditions. At this time, the group is only allowed to negotiate for cost-of-living pay increases.
Workers often need to fight to protect their interests. Workers' unions provide protection and bargaining power for employees. Attorneys with experience in employment law may be able to help workers to fight for better working conditions, pay increases and benefits.
Employees have the right to work without fear of harassment and mistreatment. An employment law attorney will fight on behalf of employees to improve working conditions. In some cases, employees may be entitled to seek lost wages and other compensation. An attorney might be able to review the circumstances to determine if compensation may be warranted.
Source: Baraboo News Republic, "State rules that prison guard union vote can take place", Steven Verburg, May 23, 2013