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Wisconsin Unions Celebrate Supreme Court Candidate’s Win

April 10, 2018

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

MADISON, Wisc.—Labor-backed judge Rebecca Dallet won election to a vacant seat on the state Supreme Court Apr. 3, defeating Michael Screnock, a circuit judge from rural Sauk County backed by Gov. Scott Walker. Dallet, a Milwaukee County circuit judge for 11 years, won a 10-year term by a 56%-44% margin, reducing the court’s pro-Walker majority from 5-2 to 4-3. Unions including International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 494 in Milwaukee had campaigned for her, seeking to reduce the court’s support for Walker’s anti-labor laws. Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt called the result “one step in our continued fight to unrig an economic and political system that is stacked against working people.” Screnock was appointed a judge by Walker in 2015, after working on the legal team that defended the governor’s 2011 law eviscerating collective bargaining for most public workers; the state Supreme Court upheld it by 5-2 in 2014. He blamed “tremendous outside influence from liberal special interest groups” for his defeat. “Next, they’ll target me and work to undo our bold reforms,” Walker posted on Twitter. Read more

April 10, 2018

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