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Federal judge: Wisconsin union changes constitutional
AP/Mpls (Red) Star Tribune ^ | 9/11/2013

Posted on 09/11/2013 1:22:35 PM PDT by markomalley

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: wisconsinshowdown

1 posted on 09/11/2013 1:22:35 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Scott Walker seems to be doing very well in Wisconsin; is there a future for him on the national stage?


2 posted on 09/11/2013 1:24:35 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: markomalley

“it imposes wage limits on union employees but none on non-union workers.

What are they bitching for? Didn’t the unions negotiate those wages?


3 posted on 09/11/2013 1:24:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: Jack Hammer

If O hasn’t burned down the theater by then...


4 posted on 09/11/2013 1:25:00 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Jack Hammer

Yup. A low key guy who gets big things done. Not perfect, but very very good.


5 posted on 09/11/2013 1:27:23 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Jack Hammer

Scott Walker seems to be doing very well in Wisconsin
*******
Principle and consistency. A winning combination. Too bad most Republicans don’t see this.


6 posted on 09/11/2013 1:28:09 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: markomalley

This will be Appealed until Judge-Shopping gains a favorable Liberal Activist Federal Judge (one who is in the NSA database with dirt on him/her, just as they did to John Roberts), and he/she will Rule in favor of the Communist Workers’ Party (Union).


7 posted on 09/11/2013 1:28:29 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: markomalley

“Conley wrote the law still allows workers to assemble and lets them speak; it simply doesn’t allow employers to listen.”

The judge probably wrote “it simply doesn’t ‘require” employers to listen.”


8 posted on 09/11/2013 1:29:43 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: markomalley

“A federal judge has ruled Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights is constitutional.”

I wonder where the author of this article stands on this issue?


9 posted on 09/11/2013 1:33:07 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: markomalley

Well, I guess that overturns that local state judge that kept ruling against Walker. At one point I think he was trying to overrule his referendum victory as well.

By the way markomalley, you don’t have a relative with the first name of Martin in Maryland, do you?


10 posted on 09/11/2013 1:34:10 PM PDT by SES1066 (To expect courteous government is insanity!)
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To: ConservativeTeen
I wonder where the author of this article stands on this issue?

You might want to check with the journalist's union on that question.

11 posted on 09/11/2013 1:34:35 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
What are they bitching for? Didn’t the unions negotiate those wages?

That is the BEST comment on FR today.

12 posted on 09/11/2013 1:39:13 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: markomalley

I’m kind of surprised that they didn’t try some sort of equal protection argument since Walker stripped the rights from some unions and not others.


13 posted on 09/11/2013 1:39:22 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: ConservativeTeen

it’s an AP article. Of course they’ll lie and distort the truth. If these obama ass-sniffing jornolists’ did their jobs, he wouldn’t be p-resident.


14 posted on 09/11/2013 1:46:18 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: traditional1

At the appellate level there’s typically a 3-judge randomly selected panel as the first step, then possibly ‘en banc’ or the full appeals court, before heading to SCOTUS.


15 posted on 09/11/2013 2:02:33 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Gen.Blather
The judge probably wrote “it simply doesn’t ‘require” employers to listen.”

Surprisingly, the article got it right. From the decision:

Under Act 10, general employees remain free to associate and represented employees and their unions remain free to speak; municipal employers are simply not allowed to listen.

16 posted on 09/11/2013 2:03:27 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Jack Hammer; All
Scott Walker seems to be doing very well in Wisconsin; is there a future for him on the national stage?

I forgot about Walker for national stage. And also note that patriots are trying to encourage Judge Andrew Napolitano to consider run for Oval Office.

Judge Andrew Napolitano presidential draft effort picks up steam

17 posted on 09/11/2013 2:04:43 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: EDINVA
On Appeal, it will head to the USSC, and they will re-write the Law, just like Obamacare, then......
18 posted on 09/11/2013 2:10:23 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: Starboard

its like putting new carpet next to old tile. The new amplifies that contrast of the old. Old GOP people dont want people with principles and ambition. They cant compromise them, thus controlling them.


19 posted on 09/11/2013 2:14:12 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Amendment10

Neverheard of this guy. Any relation to Janet Napolitano over at DHS?


20 posted on 09/11/2013 2:22:28 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Jack Hammer

I actually hope not, too much frigging compromise occurs and then the inevitable beltway bubble crap occurs, on the national stage. It’s bad enough how the compromise is at the state level.


21 posted on 09/11/2013 2:23:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Jack Hammer; All
Neverheard of this guy. Any relation to Janet Napolitano over at DHS?

No relationship to Janet. Note that Judge Napolitano lost his Fx News Show for being too honest about the unconstitutionally big federal government. Here's a video of him reading the Constitution's Section 8 of Article I to clarify that the states have never delegated to Congress, via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate, tax and spend for healthcare purposes.

Judge Napolitano & the Constitution

22 posted on 09/11/2013 2:56:59 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: DoodleDawg
He stripped some rights of public sector unions---BECAUSE---they do not negotiate with the entity that ponies up the wages, i.e. taxpayers. Instead they negotiate with political types in charge of collected tax monies, and the two sides negotiate a quid pro quo.

Private sector unions negotiate with the actual payers of their wages, so it is a true give and take negotiation, instead of a collusion to rob the taxpayers and scratch each others backs.

Public workers should not be allowed to form unions, period. If I am not mistaken, even FDR agreed with that--anyone?

vaudine

23 posted on 09/11/2013 3:23:44 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: Amendment10

Sounds like a fine candidate. I wonder if the name would hold him back with voters who don’t look too closely at the candidates; there are a lot of them.


24 posted on 09/11/2013 3:47:04 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: vaudine
He stripped some rights of public sector unions---BECAUSE---they do not negotiate with the entity that ponies up the wages, i.e. taxpayers. Instead they negotiate with political types in charge of collected tax monies, and the two sides negotiate a quid pro quo.

Not all. Police and fire unions were excluded from the restrictions. That's why I'm a bit surprised they didn't try the equal protections gambit. If teachers lose their bargaining rights but police do not then wouldn't that fall under equal protection?

25 posted on 09/11/2013 3:59:58 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: markomalley
A federal judge has ruled Republican Gov. Scott Walker's controversial law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights is constitutional.

That should have read "union privileges".

26 posted on 09/11/2013 4:29:22 PM PDT by BfloGuy (People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.)
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