10/3/11 – More than 210 unions at Wisconsin school districts met Friday’s deadline for seeking recertification. There is no count of how many unions let the deadline pass, giving up the much lighter bargaining powers they have under the state’s contentious new collective bargaining law. Unions that don’t have current contracts have to hold recertification elections to see if they can formally represent members in the next negotiations. It isn’t clear how many unions just let the deadline pass because their powers had been negated by the law backed by Governor Scott Walker earlier this year. The state has 425 school districts, but some have multiple unions. The new law makes recertification more difficult and expensive, while it brings with it little actual benefit for members. The Beaver Dam Education Association won’t have to decide until their contact ends next year.