Two more bargaining units, City of Milwaukee Staff Nurses Council and Rock County Nurses, won their first recertification election this month. Joining the Professional Patient Care Unit (PPCU), this is the third recertification victory for SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin.
Under Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Bill, all public employee unions must hold annual elections and win 51% of the bargaining unit electorate, not just those who vote, to maintain their bargaining rights and status. Unions have been held to a higher standard for these elections than the Governor or the legislature in their elections. The legality of this provision, however, currently being debated in court.
Both groups voted overwhelming to remain represented by SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin. City of Milwaukee Staff Nurses voted 93% yes and Rock County Nurses voted 91% yes.