Skip to comments.Huzzah: Appeals court upholds Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining reform law
Posted on 01/19/2013 7:51:02 PM PST by SeekAndFind
The drama has long since died down, but there are still ongoing challenges to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget-balancing and public-sector union-disempowering reforms, as big labor will certainly use even its dying breaths to fight for their right to party. The legal battles will certainly continue, but Gov. Walker scored a win when a federal appeals court upheld his uber-controversial restrictions on public unions on Friday:
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walkers contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights in a decision hailed by Republicans but not undoing a state court ruling keeping much of the law from being in effect.
The decision marks the latest twist in a two-year battle over the law that Walker proposed in February 2011 and passed a month later despite massive protests and Senate Democrats leaving for Illinois in a failed attempt to block a vote on the measure.
The law forced public union members to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits, which Walker said was needed to address a budget shortfall. It also took away nearly all their bargaining rights.
Walker and Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who fought for passage of the bill, called the ruling a win for Wisconsin taxpayers.
There are still other lawsuits pending on the matter, but this, along with Michigan’s successful push for right-to-work laws in December, is the right kind of momentum for states possibly hesitating on adjusting their own union laws (heads up, Missouri!). With all of these GOP governors around, it certainly feels like the opportune moment, especially with unions losing steam like they did in Indiana earlier this week:
A federal judge on Thursday threw out a union’s lawsuit seeking to overturn Indiana’s “right to work” law, saying such a challenge should remain at the state level. …
The plaintiffs, Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, claimed the law, which bars companies and unions from negotiating contracts that require all employees to pay for representation, violated the constitution.
The law’s passage by the General Assembly in February 2012 was a major milestone in what has become a national tug of war over union rights.
A Republican friend of mine put it
:”Walker has balls of steel”
But more important than that and unlike those in the congress GOP, he is much smarter than Dems are.
He outsmarts the Dems lures them into traps and nails them.
Our buddies in DC walk into the same Dem traps every time like a kids cartoon show.
>> Collective bargaining by public employees isn’t a RIGHT! It’s been a privilege for too many years that’s been terribly abused.
It’s absolutely nuts to hold the taxpayer liable for the product of such self-serving negotiations! Collective bargaining should be illegal in the public sector. A different matter in the private sector, however — notwithstanding the concerns of abuse and fascism.
I screamed it the loudest here throughout 2012... Walker should’ve been our standard bearer for President. Of course, they (media/establishment) won’t mention him for 2016... too busy pimping that fat tub of $hit Christie, the next establishment loser.
——— but not undoing a state court ruling——
So, does the law have teeth or does a state rulining make it ineffective at controlling the unionsde