A federal court ruled that portions of Act 10, Governor Walker’s union-busting and anti-worker law, are unconstitutional by denying general public employees’ equal protection and violating their First amendment rights. With this decision, working families are one step closer to reclaiming their rights and state. The court ruling struck down two key provisions of the law designed to weaken workers ability to act collectively through their union; Walker’s restriction on bargaining rights for public sector employees was upheld.
Here’s the good news:
- Union members will no longer have to hold annual recertification elections in order to maintain their membership and protection in the union.
- Walker and the state can no longer prevent public workers from paying their union dues by payroll deduction
Judge William M. Conley ruled that the state immediately halt the recertification elections, and restore payroll deduction of dues by May 31, 2012. The Judge set this date to give the State time to appeal his ruling to the higher court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
This is a tremendous victory for working families, but our work is not finished.
What started nearly twelve months ago with Scott Walker and the GOP senators ramming through a Budget Repair Bill that reversed 50 years of collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin – despite falsely claiming to have campaigned on the proposal, has grown into a movement to take back our state.