June 1, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Wausau, Wisc – A Wisconsin appeals court on May 24 granted a stay that puts the state’s so-called “right-to-work” law back into effect while an appeal of a lower-court ruling that it was unconstitutional is pending.
Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust had held that letting the law be enforced would harm unions by unconstitutionally taking their property without compensation, as it required them to represent people the law exempted from paying any kind of fees. The state District 3 Court of Appeals in Wausau overruled him, saying unions wouldn’t be harmed and Gov. Scott Walker’s administration had shown “sufficient likelihood of success on appeal to warrant the grant of the stay.” Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt called the decision a “temporary setback” in a statement released May 25. “Attorney General Brad Schimel and Scott Walker are using every legal maneuver in the book to interfere with working peoples' ability to come together and join together in unions for better workplaces,” added the state federation’s secretary-treasurer, Stephanie Bloomingdale. Read more