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The Unionization Process: Wisconsin

The Unionization Process requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Thomas R. Revnew, Seaton, Peters & Revnew, P.A.


  • 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 Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively.
  • Application of the EPA is limited to areas that do not fall within the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board. See Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively.
  • Peaceful picketing is allowed. See The Right to Free Speech.
  • Wisconsin is a "right to work" state. See Right to Work.