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Two state employee unions vote against recertification

Protesters crowd the State capitol grounds as members of the Wisconsin State Government discuss a proposed bill by Republican Governor Scott Walker, in Madison February 18, 2011. The proposal by Walker to curb the bargaining rights of public unions in order to make immediate budget savings has sparked outrage among union workers in the state. REUTERS/Darren Hauck
Protesters crowd the State capitol grounds as members of the Wisconsin State Government discuss a proposed bill by Republican Governor Scott Walker, in Madison February 18, 2011. The proposal by Walker to curb the bargaining rights of public unions in order to make immediate budget savings has sparked outrage among union workers in the state. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - As it stands now, two state employee unions will not be officially recognized next year, after both voted against recertifying. 

However, one of those unions filed suit, claiming it did not have to hold its election. That group consists of correctional officers who were given its first official status less than four months ago.

Dane County Circuit Judge John Albert said he wanted to know the election results before deciding whether the vote should have been held -- so that union's status remains up in the air. 

The other union losing its official status is an education unit of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The annual recertification votes are part of the Act 10 collective bargaining limits passed in 2011. 

The law made it harder to recertify, because 51 percent of all members must vote yes. Before, just over 50 percent of those voting could recertify -- so those who don't vote are counted as voting no.

Three other state unions said yes to staying in existence for another year -- the Association of State Prosecutors, the State Attorneys Association, and the state Building Trades organization. 

The state unions remain under the requirements of Act 10, while the law's on hold for local government and school employees as a lawsuit gets appealed.

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