The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission provides an array of services that promote and facilitate peaceful resolution of disputes in the public and private employment sectors of the State.
In addition to reviewing appeals of State Civil Service personnel actions, examiners travel throughout Wisconsin to conduct hearings and issue labor relations decisions, issue grievance awards in contract administration disputes, and mediate contract negotiations and grievance disputes. The WERC provides labor and management with lists of qualified ad hoc neutrals who are not employed by the agency for a variety of statutory and contractual dispute resolution procedures. Certain local governmental units have also identified WERC staff attorneys to serve as impartial hearing officers for the unit’s grievance procedure or civil service system.
The agency is headquartered in Madison. The Commission consists of the Chairman, nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate who serves a six-year term.