organization profile

Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission

About Us

The Commission is charged with administering processes to avoid the costly consequences of strikes, lockouts and other interruptions of services and production. Through its administration of the statutes, the commission aims to provide taxpayers, labor, management and the public with cost-effective services that promote employment peace, employee freedom to choose whether to bargain collectively, uninterrupted production of goods and services, orderly and constructive employment relations, and efficient administration of state and local government.

Our Mission

The mission of the commission is to promote peaceful and harmonious labor-management relations by professionally and impartially administering Wisconsin’s municipal, state and private sector labor relations statutes to protect and promote the interrelated interests of the public, the employee and the employer.

Who We Serve

WERC labor relations dispute resolution services are those provided for in the three statutes that WERC administers and the related administrative rules. The Municipal Employment Relations Act (MERA) covers municipal employment relationships. The State Employment Labor Relations Act (SELRA) covers the State of Wisconsin and its relationships with certain categories of its employees. The Wisconsin Employment Peace Act (WEPA) covers private sector employers and their relationships with their employees, although many WEPA provisions are pre-empted by federal law.