Wis. court to rule on contempt stay by next week
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state appeals court says it plans to decide whether to block a contempt ruling against Wisconsin labor relations officials by next week.
Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas in 2012 found provisions of Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions unconstitutional as they apply to local public unions. But the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission has continued to prepare for certification elections for hundreds of unions next month regardless. Colas found WERC in contempt of court last week.
State attorneys asked the Supreme Court on Friday to stay the 2012 ruling pending an appeal. They also asked the 4th District Court of Appeals to stay the contempt finding.
The appeals court issued an order Monday saying it plans to rule by Nov. 4. It's unclear when the Supreme Court might rule.