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Pay raise for prison guards on-hold

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin prison guards say they're tired of waiting for a one-percent pay raise that most other state employees received almost a year ago. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the hold-up is due to a dispute over the guards' union status. Once the dispute is resolved, the Walker administration said the guards would get back pay if it's determined that they are not members of a union.

Last year prison guards moved to separate themselves from the state's largest employees union and form their own association. However, members voted down their certification status in an election four months ago. They had voted 813-to-43 to support the new union -- but not nearly enough guards voted to obtain the required 51-percent support from all 5,400 members under the Act-10 bargaining limits.

Meanwhile, the group has asked the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission to reject the election results, and call another vote. That request is pending.