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Excerpts from WERC Biennial Report

1995-97


The full text of the Commissions 1995-97 and previous Biennial Reports are available from the Commission's Madison office.[


The Agency

Organization: The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission consists of three commissioners appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate, for six-year terms, with one commissioner designated by the Governor to serve as chairperson for a two-year term. At the commencement of the biennium the commissioners were: A. Henry Hempe (Chairperson), Herman Torosian and William K. Strycker. In August, 1995, James R. Meier was appointed Commissioner replacing Commissioner Strycker, and in January, 1996, was designated Chairperson. In March, 1997, Paul A. Hahn replaced retired Commissioner Torosian. . . .[reference to organizational chart omitted]

Responsibility: The purpose and goal of the Commission is to promote peaceful labor relations and collective bargaining in private, municipal and state employment through the process established by the Wisconsin Employment Peace Act, the Municipal Employment Relations Act, and the State Employment Labor Relations Act, (Subchapters I, IV and V of Chapter 111, Wisconsin Statutes) and avoid the costly consequences of strikes and lock-outs and other interruptions of services and production. In the administration of such statutes, the Commission conducts elections to determine bargaining units and bargaining representatives, referenda with respect to all-union, maintenance of membership and fair-share agreements, and issues decisions in the adjudication of unfair labor practice, election, unit clarification and declaratory ruling cases. It also mediates collective bargaining disputes and provides arbitration services for grievances arising in the interpretation and application of existing collective bargaining agreements.

Commission Performance During Biennium

During the 1995-1997 biennium, there were 2,501 new cases filed with the Commission, and 2,792 cases were closed. Included within the closed cases were 17 wherein the Commission issued declaratory rulings and 111 where representation votes were conducted. Also, during the biennium, Commission staff issued 422 grievance arbitration awards and 73 unfair labor practice/prohibited practice decisions. As part of the 2,792 closed cases, there were 592 INT/ARB (municipal--excluding police and fire) cases, and of those 488 or 82% resulted in voluntary settlements following Commission investigation (intensive mediation). There were also 161 MIA (police and fire) cases closed of which 116 or 72% were resolved voluntarily during the Commission investigation.

Court Activity During Biennium

During the biennium, decisions from the Wisconsin courts yielded a final disposition of 8 Commission cases. At the circuit court level, five decisions affirmed the Commission's decision and one decision was reversed. In the Court of Appeals, one Commission decision was affirmed and one decision was reversed.


 

 

 

TOTAL CASES PROCESSED BY COMMISSION 1995-1997

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cases Pending

 

 

Cases Received

 

 

Cases Closed

 

 

Cases Pending

 

Cases Received

 

Cases Closed

 

Cases Pending

 

 

7/1/95

 

 

1995-1996

 

 

1995-1996

 

 

6/30/96

 

1996-1997

 

1996-1997

 

6/30/97

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private Employment Cases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Election

 

2

 

 

6

 

 

4

 

 

4

 

1

 

3

 

1

Referendum

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

2

 

1

 

3

Complaint

 

18

 

 

12

 

 

5

 

 

16

 

11

 

18

 

17

Mediation

 

16

 

 

11

 

 

10

 

 

17

 

4

 

9

 

12

Grievance Arbitration

 

112

 

 

117

 

 

114

 

 

115

 

96

 

119

 

92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Municipal Employment Cases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Election

 

151

 

 

121

 

 

138

 

 

134

 

110

 

106

 

138

Referendum

 

0

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

0

 

1

 

1

 

0

Complaint

 

241

 

 

132

 

 

112

 

 

261

 

131

 

148

 

244

Mediation

 

78

 

 

88

 

 

106

 

 

60

 

59

 

58

 

61

Grievance Arbitration

 

553

 

 

480

 

 

540

 

 

493

 

381

 

434

 

440

Police-Fire Interest Arbitration

 

85

 

 

82

 

 

90

 

 

77

 

58

 

71

 

64

Interest Arbitration

 

392

 

 

312

 

 

304

 

 

400

 

189

 

287

 

302

Declaratory Ruling

 

34

 

 

16

 

 

11

 

 

39

 

4

 

12

 

31

Fact Finding

 

6

 

 

2

 

 

4

 

 

4

 

1

 

1

 

4

Labor Management Cooperation

 

0

 

 

16

 

 

16

 

 

0

 

13

 

13

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Employment Cases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Election

 

7

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

7

 

0

 

1

 

6

Referendum

 

0

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

Complaint

 

54

 

 

17

 

 

17

 

 

54

 

15

 

22

 

47

Mediation

 

5

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

4

 

0

 

3

 

1

Declaratory Ruling

 

2

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

2

 

0

 

2

 

0

Arbitration

 

0

 

 

8

 

 

0

 

 

8

 

0

 

6

 

2

Fact Finding

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

 

1758

 

 

1425

 

 

1476

 

 

1698

 

1076

 

1316

 

1465

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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