KENOSHA Wi - Another teachers union in Wisconsin was decertified last week when the Kenosha Education Association failed to file certification papers on time, Fox News reports. The reason? In this past summer election, a majority of Kenosha's teachers voted to abandon the KEA, causing the union to lose their right to bargain.
Two years ago, Governor Scott Walker and a Republican majority in both state legislature chambers passed Act 10, a set of reforms that includes a provision denying unions recognition by the state if 51 percent of all potential members reject the union's representation in annual elections. These elections have contributed to the union's decline.
According to Reuters, elections in 2011 and 2012 -- in which 207 school districts, 39 municipal and six state units participated -- resulted in 32 unions and their affiliates, or about 13 percent, being decertified.
However, those decertifications are on hold until the legal cases involving Act 10 are resolved in court.
Union contracts in three Wisconsin districts -- Janesville, Milwaukee and Kenosha -- were up for renewal over the summer and were required by law to file for their annual recertification by the end of August. Janesville and Milwaukee made the deadline. Kenosha did not, according to Peter Davis, general counsel of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission.
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