Friday, March 30, 2012

Woo-hoo! Key parts of WI anti-union law thrown out

We're admitting to feeling very good about the very bad day Dairyland Dictator Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is having. Not only did the elections board order his recall election, but a federal judge struck down parts of his precious Act 10.

The judge said it was unconstitutional to require government employee unions (except for law enforcement and firefighters) to be recertified every year by a majority. He also ruled it was unconstitutional to ban them from voluntarily deducting their dues from their paychecks. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports,
Several major unions had challenged the fact that Act 10 required absolute majority union recertification and denied voluntary union dues deductions as to general employee unions.
The court found those provisions violated the union members' First Amendment rights, considering that the same rules did not apply to unions for public safety workers like police and firefighters.
"So long as the State of Wisconsin continues to afford ordinary certification and dues deductions to mandatory public safety unions with sweeping bargaining rights, there is no rational basis to deny those rights to voluntary general unions with severely restricted bargaining rights," wrote U.S. District Judge William M. Conley.
Their collective bargaining rights are still severely restricted, thanks to Walker. But still...

As @steelekelly tweeted,
Walker's politically-motivated exclusion of cops & firefighters from attacks on unions has officially backfired. #wiunion #wirecall