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Jun 9, 201411:30 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Kenosha’s public schools get rejiggered; are Madison’s next?

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The NY Times on Sunday reported that, upon his death, the life’s work of one Alexander Shulgin was to research psychedelia “capable of rejiggering the quotidian functions of the mind.”

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You may have missed this news: The Kenosha public school district Thursday last week stipulated that its collective bargaining agreement with the teachers union was null and void. Kenosha did so after the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty brought suit. WILL argued that the contract violated Wisconsin Act 10.

According to a release from WILL:

[T]he School Board voted 4-3 on November 14, 2013 to ratify the labor agreements, which ran retroactively from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015 and covered all [school district] employees.

It contained numerous terms and conditions that are illegal under Act 10, such as $1.65 million in teacher “bonus” pay, changing teacher work days from an 8 hour work day to 7½ hours, automatic dues deductions, and “fair share” payments. Act 10 prohibits collective bargaining on any conditions of employment, other than total base wages. 

On November 21, WILL filed a lawsuit, alleging that the [collective bargaining agreement] was the result of illegal bargaining, rushed through improperly-noticed school board meetings in response to a ruling by Dane County Judge Juan Colas. The lawsuit was filed in Kenosha Circuit Court, naming the Kenosha Education Association, the district, and the district’s board .… 

The unions, SEIU Local 168, AFSCME Local 2383, and the Kenosha Education Association, are not part of the settlement, and the litigation will continue against them, said WILL president Rick Esenberg.

Kenosha is important, dear reader, because Esenberg and WILL have put the Madison School District on notice that it risks a lawsuit for essentially the same reason. (Read the letter.)


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Jun 9, 2014 12:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Can you explain to me how the members of MTI can't be considered parties to the MTI v. Walker case?

Jun 9, 2014 03:05 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave! Hello there!...hey, over here!
What, no response to my request in your previous column for you to explain the ethics of you signing Hulsey's nomination papers and bragging about it in the press? What is one to conclude? That it WAS unethical? Or is it that your ethics are situational? Or is it simply unexplainable, other than you two are such good buddies after having served together on the Dane County Board? Enquiring, and no doubt to you, Annoying, minds want to know!

Jun 9, 2014 03:44 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that a lower court did have the authority to issue a preliminary injunction, shutting down the nearly 3-year-old John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative targets.

Prosecutors in that investigation — including Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, two of his assistant DAs, John Doe special prosecutor Francis Schmitz and Dean Nickel, a contracted investigator — had sought relief from the appeals court, asking that the 7th Circuit stay the preliminary injunction.

From The Wisconsin Reporter.

Jun 9, 2014 08:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey Dave, respond to anonbob ! Or are you the coward that everyone thinks you are ?

Jun 10, 2014 06:43 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

I put my name on what I say and what I do. You're the one who hides behind anonymity.

Jun 10, 2014 07:29 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska just knows how to keep and idiot in suspense.

Jun 10, 2014 09:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Actually the US court of appeals is doing a disservice to the people of Wisconsin not letting the john doe proceed.

What, is everybody afraid to find out how corrupt walker and his cronies really are.

If they aren't, the doe will find nothing, why worry about it.

and please, don't give me the freedom of speech BS.

Jun 10, 2014 09:30 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wisconsin Reporter: Kinda like getting your news from Rush Limbaugh, but local. And snarkier. And less funny. And funded by billionaires so it doesn't have to compete in the free market. But totally awesome anyway!

Jun 10, 2014 10:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


What kind of person would find a loser like rush limbaugh awesome.

Oh another loser.

Or david blaska.

oh and by the way, just because you do not hide behind anonymity it
really doesn't matter. your opinions are just as bad if you put your name to them or not.

You know who the loser really is.

Jun 10, 2014 11:11 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, I've told you before, I was a legislative staffer whose employment would've been threatened by the thugs in GOP leadership had my name been known. I had good reason to stay anonymous. You know my nom de guerre well enough. I've noticed the "hiding behind anonymity" feint only comes up when you don't have an answer. And your non-answer speaks volumes. Dave Blaska: ethics-free or spooning with Hulsey? You decide.

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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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