New Chairman at the WERC
Effective Saturday, September 23, 2017, James Daley was appointed by Governor Walker as the Chairman of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission for a six-year term expiring March 1, 2023, extending his prior appointment as Commissioner where he has served for the past two years.  Prior to his appointment, Jim served three terms as the Mayor of Oconomowoc, was an Assistant United States Attorney, and served as a Counsel for the Judiciary Committee in the United States House of Representatives.  Jim looks forward to maintaining the high level of service historically provided by the Commission and its staff as well as seeking opportunities for new and more efficient ways to serve the citizens of Wisconsin.

WERC Organizational Structure Changes
Pursuant to the provisions of the 2017-19 state budget, the structure of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission substantially changed effective Saturday, September 23, 2017.  The three-person Commission became a one-person Commission and the Chief Legal Counsel position was eliminated along with one staff attorney position.  The Commission now consists of Chairman James Daley, staff attorneys Danielle Carne, Peter Davis and Raleigh Jones, and support staffers Dawn Clark (paralegal) and Carol Lynch (office manager).

September 22, 2017 — Farewell to Chairman James Scott
On Friday, September 22, 207, Jim Scott’s more than six years of service as WERC Chairman came to an end.  During the turbulent time following the 2011 enactment of Act 10 (which substantially modified Wisconsin’s collective bargaining laws) and then again following the 2016 enactment of Act 150 (which substantially modified the State’s civil service law), Jim provided decisive leadership as to the implementation of those significant statutory changes.  During his tenure, he tenaciously guarded the WERC’s independence, strongly supported WERC staff, did not shy away from controversy, and authored many a WERC decision in a direct and authoritative manner.  Jim’s energy and sense of humor will be missed and the WERC wishes all the best for Jim and his family in the coming years.

August  23, 2017 — Farewell to Staff Attorney Karl Hanson
WERC staff attorney Karl Hanson has accepted a position with the Wisconsin Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General. During his employment with the WERC, Karl provided excellent service to the citizens of Wisconsin as a hearing examiner and mediator/arbitrator.  The Commission and Karl’s co-workers will miss him greatly but wish him all the best in his new endeavor.  Karl’s last work day with the WERC will be September 1, 2017.

July 1, 2017 — Farewell to Commissioner Rodney Pasch
Commissioner Rodney Pasch has retired following the end of his term this year in June.  He has provided thoughtful analysis and wise insight to the decision-making process and the Commission.  On a personal level, his always cheerful demeanor and friendly approach will be missed by staff and his fellow Commissioners.