UPDATE: Wis. teachers sue to reinstate union restrictions

Statement from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen

This case proves, once again, that Act 10 is constitutional in all respects and that the challenges to the law are baseless.  I appreciate decisions like this that follow the law, and I look forward to bringing the remaining state court challenges before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where we expect Act 10 to be upheld once again.”


Statement by Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt on Act 10 ruling

"This is a disappointing ruling for all workers in the state of Wisconsin. In America, workers have the right to join a union and with one stroke of his pen Gov. Walker decimated that right.  Act 10 always has and always will infringe upon a worker's right to collective bargaining and democracy in the workplace.  Gov. Walker’s divide and conquer strategy is stagnating wages for all workers, furthering the income gap between the rich and the poor and swelling our state’s jobs deficit.  Gov. Walker was elected to create jobs; instead he attacked workers’ rights and Wisconsin’s middle class."

UPDATED Wednesday, October 30, 2013 --- 1:36 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group of teachers are demanding a judge re-instate portions of Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining restrictions.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas last year found the restrictions as they apply to local public unions unconstitutional.

Last week Colas found the Wisconsin Labor Employment Relations Commission in contempt for continuing to prepare certification elections for hundreds of local unions next month despite his ruling.

Five teachers filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court demanding a judge order the commissioners to proceed with the elections. They argued Colas' ruling isn't binding statewide and they have a right to vote.

The 4th District Court of Appeals is reviewing the contempt finding. WERC attorney Peter Davis says that court reverses the ruling the commission could hold the elections.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

UPDATED Friday, October 4, 2013 --- 9:18 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two union chapters have appealed a federal ruling uphold Republican Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining restrictions.

Walker signed a law in 2011 that stripped nearly all public workers of almost all their union rights. Union chapters representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a federal lawsuit challenging the law, arguing it violated their rights to assemble and equal protection.

U.S. District Judge William Conley upheld the law last month. The two union chapters filed a notice of appeal with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.

A 7th Circuit panel upheld the law in a separate lawsuit in January. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear yet another challenge to the restrictions. A fourth lawsuit is still pending in Dane County Circuit Court.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 --- 6:25 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- More confusion is swirling over whether Gov. Scott Walker's administration can enforce its collective bargaining restrictions on municipal public workers statewide.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled in 2012 the restrictions are unconstitutional as they pertained to school and local government workers in Milwaukee and Madison. It's unclear whether that restriction applied statewide or just in those two cities.

The Milwaukee and Madison worker unions' attorneys maintain Walker's administration has been moving forward to implement portions of the law Colas struck down. They asked the judge in April to issue an injunction making clear that work must stop.

Colas issued a decision Tuesday saying the Walker administration cannot enforce the restrictions against anyone. But he refused to issue the injunction, saying the Milwaukee and Madison workers.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

UPDATED Wednesday, September 11, 2013 --- 3:20 p.m.
Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2013 --- 2:07 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled Republican Gov. Scott Walker's controversial law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights is constitutional.

U.S. District Judge William Conley's decision Wednesday comes in a lawsuit Madison and Dane County workers filed in July 2011 alleging the law violated their constitutional right to freely assemble and equal protection because it imposes wage limits on union employees but none on non-union workers.

Conley wrote the law still allows workers to assemble and lets them speak; it simply doesn't allow employers to listen. As for the equal protection argument, the judge said the government can treat represented and non-represented employees differently.

Katy Lounsbury, one of the workers' attorneys, disagreed with the ruling but said she'd have to consult with her clients about an appeal.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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