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Over 86 percent of the professional staff in the Racine Unified School District voted to re-certify their Racine Education Association union membership, according to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission.

There are 1,664 eligible union voters amongst RUSD teachers. Voting took place between Nov. 5 and Nov. 25 as determined by WERC.

In 2013, 82 percent of eligible voters cast a vote to re-certify the union.

Jennifer Levie, president of the Racine Education Association, said she was happy about the results of the vote, but was not surprised with the amount of support for the union.

“It serves as an affirmation that the REA is here to stay,” Levie said. “Our primary task is to build a strong and vibrant union that can speak to the needs of teachers, students, parents and the community. Together we can move education forward in Racine.”

Racine Unified School board president Dennis Wiser declined to comment on the vote, saying the board and the school district needed to stay neutral on the matter.

In 2011, Gov. Scott Walker signed Act 10 — formerly known as Wisconsin’s budget repair bill. The law requires public workers to take a vote to re-certify their union. Members and nonmembers are eligible to vote and 51 percent of those eligible to vote need to vote “yes” for the union to be maintained.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.