Vote on 5 Wisconsin union contracts set

CREATED Dec. 16, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative committee has scheduled a meeting to vote on proposed contracts for five smaller Wisconsin unions.
   
Non-union state workers received a 1 percent raise in July. Raises negotiated by these five smaller units representing about 2,400 people have not taken effect because lawmakers haven't voted to approve the contracts.
   
The Joint Committee on Employment Relations is set to take up the contracts Thursday. Once passed by the committee, the contracts would have to be approved by the Legislature before taking effect.
   
Union leaders and Democrats have complained that Republicans and Walker's administration stalled voting on the tentative deals.
   
Most bargaining units decided not to negotiate since the 2011 law known as Act 10 limited bargaining just to base pay increases no greater than inflation.