KENOSHA, Wis. — The Kenosha teachers union, representing educators in Wisconsin's third largest school district, has been decertified and cannot bargain base wages with the district.
Under Act 10, unions are required to file for annual recertification by Aug. 30 if they want to be recognized as a bargaining unit.
Teacher contracts in Kenosha, Janesville and Milwaukee expired this summer and the unions were required to recertify. Milwaukee and Janesville filed with the state by the deadline, but Kenosha did not, according to Peter Davis, general counsel of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission.
Christina Brey, from the Wisconsin Education Association Council, downplayed the decertification, saying it's just another hoop for local unions to jump through.
"It seems like the majority of our affiliates in the state aren't seeking re-ertification, so I don't think the KEA is an outlier or unique in this," she told the Journal Sentinel.
Brey said the union still exists with or without the recertification vote.
"They just can't negotiate over a small portion of what they want a voice in," she said.
Act 10 limits the unions' bargaining to base wage increases, which are tied to inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.