Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wisconsin Judge Reverses Anti-Collective Bargaining Law

Courtesy the centristworld
Earlier this year in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker drew national attention when he tried to deny the public sector unions (teachers, state employees) from having the right to collectively bargain.  Thousands of people a day would visit the capital building in Madison, many of whom were not even in the unions that were in question.  Walker said the law needed to be passed because the state was in such dire financial times.  Even with the unions all agreeing to all fiscal concessions, Walker demanded that he wanted to remove the collective bargaining element from the unions.  This is when the state Democrats fled to Illinois to prevent a vote from being cast on the bill.  Through a series of loopholes, Walker had the bill passed and signed it into legislation in March.

Courtesy AP

Move ahead to this week.  Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi has ruled the law to be illegal, citing the lack of the Republican legislators 24-hour notice when bringing up the bill in the statehouse.  The judge said the state's open meetings law was violated.  In her 33 page decision, she stated “The court must consider the potential damage to public trust and confidence in government if the Legislature is not held to the same rules of transparency that it has created for other governmental bodies.  Our form of government depends on citizens' trust and confidence in the process by which our elected officials make laws, at all levels of government."  The state's Supreme Court has scheduled meetings for June 6 to decide if it too will take on the same suit against the law. 

Congratulations Wisconsin workers, you won!


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