Aug 1, 201409:47 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Act 10 and the Supremes: 4-3 it’s partisan; 5-2 it’s bipartisan consensus
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The surprise Thursday is not that the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Scott Walker’s Act 10 reforms/gutting of government employee collective bargaining. The surprise is that it was decided by a 5-2 majority. Justice Patrick Crooks, who usually votes with the liberals, joined the four conservatives. Crooks gratuitously included an ad hominem lecture to the effect that collective bargaining is like chicken soup. But at least he was able to separate his proper judicial function from that reserved to the Legislature.
Poor Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, self-proclaimed choking victim. The jurist choked again with a dissent that claims that collective bargaining is required under the First Amendment. That is a right that went undetected for the first 110 years of statehood and remains in 24 other states that allow no collective bargaining by public sector workers whatsoever.
More mystifying is why The Capital Times would do a story focusing solely and entirely on that minority dissent. (“Act 10 is ‘textbook’ example of unconstitutionality.”) Can’t expose its tender readers to the majority opinion, apparently.
Local government here in the Emerald City has done its best to evade the law, extending union contracts into 2016. County Exec Joe Parisi likes to say the union has saved the county money. At the very least, AFSME costs its members dues. There is nothing to prevent county managers from working cooperatively with employees to determine best practices. That is Management 101.
Ditto the teachers union, plaintiff in the just-decided Supreme Court case. The teachers union — as we argued in “Hold your meetings where there is beer” — runs the County Board. Now Mary Burke’s complicity with succoring MTI — she’s got their endorsement — becomes the lead issue in the governor’s race.
If you are a Madison public school teacher who doesn’t want to make fair share payments, let me know. We’ll bring suit. Post a private message on Facebook.