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June 16th, 2011
By Dan Miller
Having lost the battle over Wisconsin’s collective bargaining law in the state Supreme Court, unions have moved on to federal court, challenging Wisconsin’s collective bargaining law as unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendment: It
“denies hundreds of thousands of public employees their right to collectively bargain for a better life. The groups challenge the constitutionality of the state’s Budget Repair Bill which would destroy collective bargaining rights for all but a select group of public sector workers.” [fire and police officers]
The suit, filed in the Western District of Wisconsin, says the legislation violates the 1st and 14th amendments “by stripping away basic rights to bargain, organize and associate for the purpose of engaging in union activity, which have been in place for the last half century.”
The case was assigned to Federal Judge William M. Conley. Conley is an appointee of President Barack Obama.
The unions are asking the federal court to prevent the Walker administration from implementing the legislaton [sic], either on a temporary or permanent basis. And they are asking the court to find the legislation unconstitutional.
The arguments seem specious to me, but they have plenty of money for litigation so why not?
(This article was first published at The PJ Tatler.)
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