Nov 24, 201401:02 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
No union contracts, no problems in Dane County
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Collective bargaining died in Dane County and the world didn’t end. Which is not to say that the usual gang of Cassandras aren’t forecasting falling skies. “Joe Parisi has got to go,” Madame Brenda wails. A comment posted at madison.com threatens a labor strike. Really want to test Act 10 and Scott Walker?
No, the sky has not fallen on Dane County’s taxpayer-supported workers. No floggings, beatings, or families ripped asunder. Parisi told employees he would seek board approval of the wage increase and health care concession previously negotiated for 2016.
In fact, employees will be money ahead. No longer will they have their union dues deducted from their paychecks. Of course, they remain free to mail their dues to headquarters, should they so decide.
The end of payroll dues deduction will cause pain, but that pain will be felt by the politicians who set the union members’ compensation. In the last campaign cycle, Joe Parisi, for instance, made a significant haul from the public sector unions and from the building trades unions, which also have representation among county employees. Those totaled $1,000 from AFSCME Council 40, $3,000 from International Operating Engineers, $1,500 from the IBEW, $500 from North Central Carpenters, $1,000 from Wisconsin Laborers District Council, $500 from the iron workers, $2,500 from Plumbers Local #75, $1,000 from the painters union, $500 from the bricklayers union, and $250 from the sheet metal workers. Plus $500 from MTI, which has its fingers in every liberal pie.
How likely are County Executive Joe Parisi and the County Board to screw its employees? Not just because this is liberal Dane County (roll that around the back of your tongue for a moment) but because it makes no sense to do so. Conservatives congenitally believe in fair compensation — but that does mean not being completely out of whack with the private sector.
Parisi promised employees Thursday, “Despite the changes brought about by the passage of Act 10, in Dane County your voices will continue to be heard and continue to matter.”
The end of union contracts will result in more transparency. In the 12 years I served on the Board of Supervisors, not once did that legislative body set compensation. Instead, the County Board was asked to vote a settled contract up or down. It could not be amended. I am certain that the executive will continue to propose a compensation package, but those terms will be subject to prior board approval.
Final point: The liberal party likes to say how the union helps taxpayers by coming up with money-saving ideas. No, the employees produce those ideas, not union headquarters. Modern management teaches good supervisor-employee relations. No, Dane County’s seven (!) unions (sheriff’s deputies are excluded) were never as destructive as Madison Teachers Inc. But it’s a good bet that there will be no attempt to recertify any of them.
For extra credit: If a labor union is organized to fight management, what management are they fighting, if not the elected representatives of the citizenry paying the bills?
A little jurisprudence prudence please
The British Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) is regarded as the father of English and American common law. His statue, created by Paul Wayland Bartlett, stands at the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse in Washington, D.C.
In deciding not to fight Wisconsin Act 10, Parisi relied on the legal opinion written by assistant county corporation counsel David Gault. Gault’s memorandum referenced the operative role of the “Blackstonian doctrine” in Wisconsin law.
That doctrine holds that when a decision is overruled, it never was the law and the later pronouncement is regarded as the law from the beginning.
“The effect of an unqualified reversal of a lower court is to nullify it completely, as if the lower court decision had never been rendered.”
Precisely our argument in Blaska v. Madison School District, et al.!
So much for that window of opportunity supposedly opened by Dane County Judge Juan Colas’ decision staying Act 10 — a ruling overturned 6-3 by the Wisconsin Supreme Court this past summer.
Arrogance is unbecoming of a loser
John Roach tells it at Madison magazine:
The Dems have to see outside of Madison. … But most importantly, Dems have to reexamine their attitude. Throughout the last four years there has been an unmistakable tone of condescension emanating from them. As in, “How can people vote against their own self-interests?” As if somehow they know what is best for us, the great unwashed masses, while never understanding that it is their own condescension that made for a losing strategy three times in a row.
… There was an endless stream of language on message boards that called Scott Walker a “buffoon” or an “idiot” because he didn’t graduate from college. … It’s an insult to every farmer, welder, carpenter, plumber or store clerk in the state who doesn’t have a degree. Which, by the way, makes up more than 70% of Wisconsin’s population.