Municipal Government

Wisconsin ‘Right-to-Work’ Law Ruled Unconstitutional

April 13, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Madison, Wisc – A judge in Madison struck down Wisconsin’s law banning the union shop April 8, ruling that it violated the state constitution’s “takings clause.”

Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust held that the 2015 law, the most recent of Gov. Scott Walker’s legislative assaults on organized labor, amounted to the government taking union funds without compensation, because it allowed workers the unions are legally required to refuse to pay for it. “Today, the courts put a needed check on Scott Walker’s attacks on working families by ruling that Wisconsin’s right-to-work law is in violation of our state constitution,” state AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt said in a statement. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO, along with Machinists Local Lodge 1061 in Milwaukee and United Steelworkers District 2 in Menasha, had filed the suit challenging the law. However, the Walker administration plans to appeal the ruling, and is likely to succeed in the state Supreme Court, which has a 5-2 right-wing majority. Read more

April 12, 2016

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