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Prison guards could vote next year on new union

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MADISON (WKOW) – Wisconsin's prison guards could vote as soon as next year on the new union.

Prison guards will have the opportunity to break away from the Wisconsin State Employees Union.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, it's a bitter fight over election setbacks, discontent with labor leaders and anger about working conditions after the state all but eliminated public sector union rights.

A guard at the Waupun Correctional Institution, Brian Cunningham, said he's filed more than 1,900 signatures demanding a new union for about 5,800 prison workers, game wardens and other state employees classified as security and public safety workers.

Marty Beil, WSEU director, said the guards are in for a rude awakening if they succeed in forming and independent union with lower dues and a smaller staff.  Beil said they would lack sufficient resources to serve members.

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