There have been many voices who argued the courts would be a remedy for the collective bargaining over-reach that took place by Governor Scott Walker, and the Republican majorities in the state legislature. Today the partisan power grab which took place last year in Wisconsin, and has resulted in a recall election for Walker took new dramatic turn. Walker took a loss in federal court when two part of Act 10 were ordered to be stopped.
U.S. District Judge William Conley ordered that automatic dues for unions members withdrawal be reinstated no later than May 31. That is a major win for public workers, state employees, and the Democratic Party. Conley also found that annual rectification for unions violated the First Amendment rights of the affected workers.
The court side with state officials in upholding limitations on what can be bargained, but found the two other provisions violated the union members’ First Amendment rights, considering that the same rules did not apply to unions for public safety workers such as police and firefighters.
“So long as the State of Wisconsin continues to afford ordinary certification and dues deductions to mandatory public safety unions with sweeping bargaining rights, there is no rational basis to deny those rights to voluntary general unions with severely restricted bargaining rights,” wrote U.S. District Judge William M. Conley.