Skip to comments.Wis. Judge Tosses Out Most of Walker’s Anti-Labor Law
Posted on 09/16/2012 5:11:34 PM PDT by listenhillary
On Friday afternoon, a Wisconsin judge dealt governor Scott Walker a big blow by ruling against the anti-labor law that Walker railroaded through last year.
Dane County circuit court judge Juan Colás ruled in favor of the Madison Teachers, Inc., and a public employees union in Milwaukee in tossing out most of Walkers controversial law.
The judge found several key sections of the law to be violating the states constitution and the U.S. Constitution and deemed them void and without effect.
These sections included:
--requiring a referendum for wage increases above the cost of living for municipal and school district employees
--limiting traditional collective bargaining rights to public safety and transit unions (Walkers effort to divide and conquer by exempting police and fire fighters)
--prohibiting payroll deduction of dues from all other public sector unions
--prohibiting municipal employers from bargaining on anything but wages for all other public sector unions
--imposing steep certification and recertification requirements for all other public sector unions
--prohibiting the city of Milwaukee from making the employees share of pension fund contributions.
The judge ruled that these sections of the law infringe upon the rights of free speech and association guaranteed by both the Wisconsin and United States Constitution.
He also ruled that the law violates the equal protection clause because it treats public and transit unions differently than other unions and other organizations.
And he said the section of the law that related to Milwaukee employee pensions violated the Home Rule Amendment of the Wisconsin Constitution.
Walker denounced the decision as biased by a liberal activist judge and said the administration would appeal.
Meanwhile, labor unions in Wisconsin rejoiced.
As we have said from day one, Scott Walkers attempt to silence the union men and women of Wisconsins public sector was an immoral, unjust, and illegal power grab, said Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. Now a court has ruled that the essential provisions are unconstitutional.
You can find a judge to over turn just about anything these days.....
It had already passed the State Supreme court.
I guess teachers will have to be fired after all then.
honestly.. If all this crap continues...I’d really like to see some states leave this Union, it’s rapidly becoming a county that I don’t like or recognize. I’d make a bee-line for states.
Walker & co. are certain that taking this to appeals will reverse this obstructionist judge’s error.
Except constitutional violations. Hello, Chief Roberts!
A Dane County circuit court judge? Imagine that. Color me not impressed, let's see what a real judge says.
But note: There's no penalty to the judge, no matter how ridiculous his decision. Any judge can gum things up for the time it takes to make it through an appeal, and there's no professional blowback to him.
"Judge not, that ye be not judged" doesn't seem to apply in our system.
I wish a judge would have thrown out Obamacare with the same abandon as Dane County circuit court judge Juan Colás throws out Act 10, which is the will of the people of Wisconsin.
This one will be our next US Supreme Court justice if Barry is reelected—and he knows it.
um... he DOES know he is in a STATE courthouse and the US Constitution has nothing to do with this, right?
I think Walker has said he will do that. Ignore the judge in this case.
EVERY contract expires—sooner or later.
When they expire-—DO NOT renew them.
Hire every worker & teacher on a separate contract basis.
Colas will be history when his gig expires in 2015. I live in Dane county and I can tell you that the arrogance of the local political elite really knows no bounds. Remember that in 2011 a Dane county circuit judge, Maryann Sumi, issued a restraining order to prevent the new laws on bargaining from taking effect. That was really effective - Ha! How do these local judges think that they regulate state law? Reality is that they DO NOT. Delusional arrogant leftie suckups.
“honestly.. If all this crap continues...Id really like to see some states leave this Union, its rapidly becoming a county that I dont like or recognize.”
We tried. Federal honor killings ensued. They would again, unless the Washington government is bankrupt.
“prohibiting payroll deduction of dues from all other public sector unions”
They’ll fight this one until the end.