Nov 21, 201412:18 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Dane County obeys Act 10; won’t collect no union dues
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“Trailer for sale or rent.”
Does Dane County government have better lawyers than the Madison school district? Or just a commitment to obeying the law as duly constituted?
Following the dictates of Wisconsin Act 10, Dane County government will no longer deduct union dues from the paychecks of some 2,500 employees spread out among seven labor unions, beginning with the December payroll. The only exception is the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, which was exempted by state law.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi on Thursday told affected employees, via an internal email, that “I asked lawyers from both inside and outside of county government for in-depth analysis of how that Court decision affects Dane County. Their unpleasant conclusions are clear: our contracts are no longer legally allowed, following the expiration of the 2014 agreement.”
Your humble scribe has brought suit versus the Madison school district, its school board, and the teachers union for not doing likewise. (Recounted here.) Parisi told non-law enforcement employees:
We may not like or agree with the Court’s decision, but Dane County cannot violate the law. While we considered continuing to enforce the contracts beyond the end of this year, the consequences of doing so would have brought costly legal action and significant financial penalties, creating new budget hardships in an environment already flush with outside challenges that threaten the quality of services Dane County government provides.
An employee handbook will replace the collective bargaining agreements. Parisi is being mentioned as the Democrat(ic) Party’s next best hope for governor. He used Thursday’s missive to remind government workers, an important liberal constituency, of his blue-fist bona fides.
When the Governor introduced Act 10, I fought with my colleagues filibustering the legislature for 62 hours straight. I helped champions of the working class like Jesse Jackson access an otherwise barricaded State Capitol in the midst of one of the most tumultuous times in our state’s long history.
Race hustler Jesse Jackson is “champion of the working class”? (Cough, choke, sputter!)