Labor Relations Overview: Wisconsin

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Author: Thomas R. Revnew; Seaton, Peters & Revnew, PA.

Summary:

  • Wisconsin has a private sector labor relations statute, known as the Employment Peace Act (EPA), but only applies to employers not covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Due to the NLRA's broad applicability, this makes the EPA mostly inapplicable for nearly all private sector employment. See Employment Peace Act.
  • Application of the EPA is limited to areas that do not fall under the authority of the National Labor Relations Board. See Employment Peace Act.
  • The EPA sets forth unfair labor practices for employers and labor organizations. See Employment Peace Act.
  • The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission is tasked with investigation and determinations of unfair labor practice charges under the EPA. See Employment Peace Act.
  • Injunctions (court orders that require a party to do or refrain from doing a particular act) are available as a remedy in labor disputes upon specific findings in an open hearing. See Injunctions Under the EPA.
  • Wisconsin's State Employment Labor Relations Act (SERLA) governs labor relations between many public employees and their employers. See Wisconsin State Employment Labor Relations.
  • The grant of collective bargaining rights under SERLA extends to many public employees, but does not provide the right to strike to those employees and many specific provisions address length of contract and appropriate bargaining units. See Wisconsin State Employment Labor Relations.