|Wisconsin County Judge Strikes Down Union Law|
|posted by: Alix | May 26, 2011, 06:24 PM|
This morning, Judge MaryAnn Sumi struck down Governor Scott Walker's budget repair law aimed at curbing union power, ending forced unionism, and closing budget shortfalls.
The Dane County judge issued a permanent injunction against the law, rendering the law essentially dead until the Wisconsin Supreme Court acts on it.
Judge Sumi argued in her ruling that the legislature acted unethically in "hurrying" the bill through.
The Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for June 6 to determine whether it will take up the case. Lawyers for the state Departments of Justice and Department of Administration argue Judge Sumi exceeded her authority in putting a temporary stop to the law in late March and are asking the high court to overturn her decision.
Governor Walker's budget repair law will have wide-ranging effects on many elements of Wisconsin governance, including pension contribution, health care benefits, debt restructuring, collective bargaining, Medicaid and much more. AAE has only taken a position on the elements of the budget repair law that end the practice of forced union dues and employer collection of dues, in accordance with AAE's longstanding opposition of forced unionism
AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner released this statement following the judge's ruling:
"This decision is a setback for the thousands of teachers across Wisconsin who deserve a choice in their representation. The practice of forcing teachers to pay union dues as a condition of employment is archaic and wrong."
"The unions have spent countless dollars before the election, during the protests, and even more still in repeal efforts. The fact is the union stands to lose millions if teachers are given a choice. Clearly, the unions are fighting for their pipeline of forced dues."
"Hopefully, the Supreme Court will act and see that the will of the elected members of the Wisconsin legislature is carried out."