Wesley A. Wildman has an extensive background in employment and labor laws as both an attorney and a professor. As a member of Franczek Sullivan P.C., he consults with and represents public and private sector employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including contract bargaining and arbitration. From 1984 to 1988, Wildman was a member of the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board, appointed by former governor James Thompson. In this position, Wildman shared appellate judicial responsibilities for deciding cases brought under comprehensive statue regarding labor relations in all public education institutions in the state.
Wildman has taught industrial relations and labor economics, collective bargaining, labor law, grievance arbitration, and antitrust law. He is also the former director of labor-management projects at the Industrial Relations Center at the University of Chicago. He served as a negotiations consultant to the Chicago Board of Education, the National School Boards Association, and the Illinois Association of School Boards, and was responsible for negotiating with the locals of many major private sector unions including the Steelworkers, Teamsters, Autoworkers, Machinists, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in both the United States and Canada. He is also the author of numerous articles and books, including White Collar Workers and The Impact of Negotiations in Public Education: The Evidence from the Schools.
He earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts in 1951, a master's degree in industrial relations in 1955, and a law degree in 1954, all from the University of Chicago.