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MADISON — Earlier today, Judge William Conley of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin issued an “Opinion and Order” in Wisconsin Education Association Council, et al. v. Walker, et al., Case No. 11 CV 428, which involved a challenge to certain provisions of 2011 Wis. Act 10, relating to distinctions between unions representing “public safety employees” and other “general employees.”
The Court rejected most of the Plaintiffs’ challenges, including claims that collective bargaining rights on non-wage issues must be restored. However, it also held that on Equal Protection and First Amendment grounds: (1) “general employee” unions cannot be required to recertify on an annual basis if “public safety employee” unions aren’t required to; and (2) members of “general employee” unions must be allowed to have union dues deducted from their paychecks if members of “public safety employee” unions are given that option.
Regarding the decision, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen stated: “This case started as a broad attack on all union-related aspects of Act 10. Plaintiffs have failed on all but two issues. If the ruling stands, unions representing non-“public safety employees” will no longer have to demonstrate member support through annual recertification and will have greater ability to take money out of employees’ paychecks. While this may give the unions more power over their members, it does nothing to benefit the public employees of this state.”
Van Hollen further commented, “Although we are still reviewing the adverse portions of the ruling and considering the options, we are confident that we would prevail in an appeal if we choose to go that direction.”
A copy of the Opinion and Order is available at the following link:
So last week the Milwaukee Teacher’s Education Association(MTEA) along with the Milwaukee Public Schools(MPS) requested that the Wisconsin State Legislature give the opportunity to reopen their contract. Normally if they reopened their contract it would have nullified it under state law. You may asking yourself “So why would they want to do this?” MPS is going to running into a shortfall in this upcoming school year. That would have meant more teacher layoffs under the current contract. Both MPS and MTEA wanted to avoid this. The legislature could and has subsequently passed legislation to allow them to reopen their contract without voiding it so they can work out wage and benefit concessions. So it sounds like everyone gets what they want including the children and parents of the district.
Enter four other teacher’s unions from around the state… specifically Madison, Racine, Kenosha and Green Bay. Ironically four districts which went ahead and ratified union contracts prior to Act 10 taking affect. They decided to write a joint letter to the MTEA. Well the leadership of the unions did….
In response, Governor Walker decided to address the 4 unions that clearly did not care about Wisconsin, their union brethren and the people of Milwaukee.
As you can see Governor Walker clearly schools the teacher’s union on caring for the state and the kids that they are supposed to be serving!
Mike Tate -Boy Chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin! This week as the rest of Wisconsin was celebrating Ryan Braun’s exoneration in the MLB’s drug probe, Mike Tate found a way to politicize it. Mike Tate claimed in WisDems blog that “none of this would have been possible without collective bargaining protections .” What “Little Man” Tate fails to realize is the difference between public and private unions. Add to that it was the Player’s Union that agreed to a system that is nearly impossible to prove your innocence. Braun did not overcome the “guilty until proven innocent” Kangaroo Court because of collective bargaining but because of a great legal team and an extraordinary set of unusual circumstances.
Last year, at just about this time, Madison was invaded! People on the left were exercising there right to assembly. I think it is one of the greatest rights we have in this country. It is one of the things that distinguishes us from the rest of the world. Our right to peaceful assembly shall not be infringed. I have include a few examples of peaceful assembly for your viewing pleasure.
Wis. Union Protesters Disrupt Special Olympics Ceremony
Anti tea party person’s profane response to 14yr old girl giving speech Madison tea party
Rude Union Thugs Interrupt Governor Scott Walker’s speech at State Fair Park
So remember peaceful assembly is protected, the stuff you just watched…. not so much!
So even Sen Tim Cullen wouldn’t agree to a veto pledge and he was willing to flee to Illinois to stop the work of the legislature.
Sen. Tim Cullen, who considered a run against Walker in a recall election, told the Journal Sentinel he was asked by leaders of public employee unions if he would veto any state budget that didn’t restore collective bargaining. “I said I could not make that promise and I did not think any serious candidate for governor could or should make that commitment,” he said of a veto of the state budget. “It’s a $60 billion document.”
Apparently Kathleen Falk was the only one of the candidates interviewed that would agree to the veto. So when Falk agreed to it, what was she expecting?
Also Wednesday, the Wisconsin Education Association Council endorsed Falk for governor.
Who thinks that her campaign just might get a little(A LOT) of help from promising to act a certain way on a particular piece of legislation? So when Supervisor John Weishan, Jr., 16th District in Milwaukee County takes $500 dollars for steering a contract one bidder’s way he gets charged with felonies and rightfully so, but Kathleen Falk agrees to hold the State of Wisconsin hostage for the Unions in exchange for and endorsement and possibly 10′s of millions of dollars in campaign funds and people think it is just politics. She and her union handlers should be subject to a John Doe investigation like one never seen before in this state.
I always thought when a politician promised a vote/veto on a particular bill it was called “pay for play” and was a felony in the State of Wisconsin.
So the Democrats have officially turned over their candidate decision making to the Public Employee Unions. If this doesn’t convince the rest of the state that the Democrats in the State are bought and paid for, I don’t know what will.
In what is becoming a increasingly common trend The Waukesha Water Utility bargaining unit voted to decertify itself. the move will save money in both direct and indirect employee costs.