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Dec 29, 201504:38 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

We lost

We lost our case against the teachers union and the Madison school district over its violations of Act 10 collective bargaining.

This morning, Dane County Circuit Judge Peter Anderson dismissed our challenges to the 2014–15 school year contracts as moot and granted the defendants summary judgment on the 2015–16 contracts as to things like work hours and sick leave. As to dues deduction and fair share provisions, the judge found plaintiff Norman Sannes of Madison lacked standing because he is not a teacher and that administering those programs costs taxpayers no additional money. 

However, Judge Anderson did say dues deduction and fair share payments would be invalid even if the process of negotiating the contract was legal. Because the plaintiff did not have standing as a teacher, that finding was not made part of the ruling. Theoretically, a teacher who wanted back dues could be compensated.

Your blogger was dismissed from the suit three months ago for not filing notice of claim prior to the suit.

Attorney Thomas C. Kamenick of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty said, “The judge thought that the district and union could rely on Judge Colas’ ruling even though the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned it. That’s contrary to black letter law that says an overturned circuit court decision is of no legal effect.”

The Madison school district came to terms with Madison Teachers Inc. after Circuit Judge Juan Colas on September 2012 temporarily invalidated Act 10, a ruling that was overturned by the State Supreme Court in July 2014.

No decision has been made on an appeal.

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Dec 30, 2015 09:20 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Dec 30, 2015 09:55 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

well, at least the school district will finally have to comply with the law next year.
unfortunately, i don't think madison will ever see a tax decrease in my lifetime.

Dec 30, 2015 02:06 pm
 Posted by  Dave, not B

I mourn for the children and the taxpayers. I laugh at the libs, who will have to live with their excrement. And they'll eat it.

Dec 30, 2015 02:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

anon 9:55 i lived in Madison from '03 to '12 I always check in our old neighborhood to see how taxes in Madison are. This year for the 1st year my old house actually saw a $.68 decline but all previous years it was at least $70 to $100 dollar yearly increases all the while my house value never went up. I now live in Verona, I have seen taxes the last 3 years hold steady or decline a bit.

Dec 31, 2015 12:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

BLASKA, your mean spirited attitude toward the educators and teachers of Madison has been evident for years. Most of the ones I know are hard working, dedicated professionals. And your attacks on John Matthews, MTI executive director were downright unfair. You do not know the man. Read Zweifel's column, a Dave that actually new Matthews.

I am glad you lost.............................................

Dec 31, 2015 12:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

There are plenty of towns (not really any cities) that are shrinking or otherwise in need of less money each year. Madison isn't one of them.

Jan 3, 2016 09:38 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I guess you can’t really call it a violation,can you? perhaps you could edit it to say “alleged violation”, Or are you going to keep lying, Blaska?

Jan 4, 2016 09:38 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

For posterity, courtesy "Dave, Not B": "I laugh at the libs, who will have to live with their excrement. And they'll eat it."

Do you type emails to your mother with those fingers?

Jan 6, 2016 10:03 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

This just in: Nobody's opposing the three school board members running for reelection. Not sure anyone should complain this vociferously if they're not willing to get in the ring. And no, this blog is not the ring.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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