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1617, 01 Dec 15

Madison Union Sues to Bully Members

They want the list of names so that they can bully folks into voting because a non-vote is the same as a “no” vote.

The union representing Madison teachers has sued the state over access to voter information in the annual elections that certify labor organizations.

Madison Teachers Inc. says it has the right, under the state’s public records law, to know which Madison School District employees have cast a ballot and which ones haven’t while the 20 days of voting is taking place.

In the past, the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), the state agency that oversees union recertification elections, has released that information only after the voting period ends.

MTI sued the commission and its chairman, James Scott, in Dane County Circuit Court Monday, saying the information is critical to the union’s get-out-the-vote efforts and does little good after the fact.

“We can be much more effective and contact a lot more people if we’re not also calling people who already have voted,” John Matthews, MTI executive director, said in an interview.


1617, 01 December 2015


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Logical extension, non-voters, if a Republican conservative wins, could be bullied by unions by pulling the polling list.

  2. John Foust

    Was anyone bullied about signing the recall petitions? Who did the bullying?

    Don’t you think both parties have extensive databases showing known voters (more open records) and that they correlate this against property owners and other databases that indicate residence, so they can “bully” voters with advertisements and robocalls?

  3. Mark maley

    Conservatives sure usethe term “bully ” a lot

    You guys must have spent a lot of time stuffed in your HS locker

  4. Kevin South

    In the spirit of the season and to show solidarity with their union brothers, why haven’t they shut down the schools to go and support the Kohler strikers? I thought so.

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