WTCS recertification elections overwhelmingly successful

UPDATE on NWTC ESS Local: The recent recertification vote held by the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Support Specialists Local failed by 2 votes. However, the unit experienced voting difficulties in the first 24 hours of the voting period April 5-6. All of the Social Security numbers were incorrectly entered into the AAA database, but were corrected on the second day of voting. However, some people who reported having difficulty subsequently did not log in to vote. The union challenged the outcome and a new voting period has been approved. The new election for the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Support Specialists Local will begin at noon on Friday May 18 and end at noon on Thursday June 7.

Seventeen of this year’s 19 recertification elections in Wisconsin Technical College System locals were successful, according to results from the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC). Recertification votes were successful for:

Blackhawk Technical College Education Support Professionals, Blackhawk Technical College Faculty Federation, Fox Valley Technical College Education Support Personnel Association, Fox Valley Technical College Faculty Association, Gateway Educational Support Personnel, Gateway Technical Education Association, Lakeshore Technical College Education Association, Madison Area Technical College Full-Time Teachers Union, Madison Area Technical College Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel, Milwaukee Area Technical College Full-Time Faculty, Milwaukee Area Technical College Paraprofessionals, Milwaukee Area Technical College Part-Time Faculty, Waukesha County Technical College Educational Support Professionals, Western Technical College Paraprofessionals and School-Related Employees, Western Technical College Faculty and Non-Teaching Professionals, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Support Staff, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Teachers.

The two other recertification elections failed by the narrowest of margins. Northcentral Technical College Faculty Association received 50.3% of the vote, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Support Specialists received 50% of the vote (the election results are being challenged by WEAC Region 3). The law requires 52% of all eligible unit members (not just those voting) to vote yes for the recertification to pass. The WTCS locals are a mixture of WEAC and WFT affiliated locals.