Madison unions file suit alleging collective bargaining bill unconstitutional


Via WisPolitics:

Three labor unions have sued Gov. Scott Walker and the state claiming the collective bargaining bill infringes on employees’ equal protection rights and their rights to freedom of speech and association.

Good. No, excellent.

The press release, in part:

In the lawsuit, the Plaintiffs request that the court find Act 10 unconstitutional and therefore declare it null and void. The lawsuit asserts that the Act impermissibly infringes on employees’ constitutionally protected rights to equal protection and freedom of speech and association.

EQUAL PROTECTION: The lawsuit asserts that many of the limitations imposed on employees who are in a unions do not apply to employees who are not in a union. It also treats members of some unions differently than members of other unions.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ASSOCIATION: The lawsuit further alleges that Act 10 imposes an impermissible burden on municipal employees’ ability to exercise their constitutional right to associate and assemble, and to express their views in concert with one another, and to petition their State and local governments regarding matters that are of mutual concern to them.

Enough is enough. Busting unions, essentially defunding support for Democrats, which is, in turn, a push for one party rule, is unAmerican. Stomping all over the rights working Americans is creating quite a backlash. It's time to bust the busting.

  • Robin

    Balderdash! You see, when and as we approach a one party socialist state your complaint won't mean a thing. Balderdash, an infringement on your right to free speech and association - it's just that if you want to associate as a union instead of a group of political thugs you have to collect and pay for it yourself - you don't get or need the government to pay for your association through the taxes of all hard working Americans - show me where in the Constitution it is your right to spend my money for your donations to political PACS! Balderdash - the suit is nonsense on its own terms!

  • Spottbillig

    The definition of extortion: Extortion, outwresting, and/or exaction is a criminal offense which occurs when a person unlawfully obtains either money, property or services from a person(s), entity, or institution, through coercion. Refraining from doing harm is sometimes euphemistically called protection. Extortion is commonly practiced by organized crime groups. The actual obtainment of money or property is not required to commit the offense. Making a threat of violence which refers to a requirement of a payment of money or property to halt future violence is sufficient to commit the offense. Exaction refers not only to extortion or the unlawful demanding and obtaining of something through force,[1] but additionally, in its formal definition, means the infliction of something such as pain and suffering or making somebody endure something unpleasant.

    Those who choose to be employed in a union job apply for the job of their own will. A supervisor hires them. The receive benefit from the union within their job. Even if they choose not to join the union, they are still receiving benefit so are charged a reduced fee for those benefits. Benefits are hardly "protection" as described in the definition and the employee actively sought the employment, not the other way around. If one does not like their union job, go find a different job.

  • Abraham21

    Why do you need to extort dues from members against their will to create a path to a Democratic Congress. Shouldn't the value of the principles that you stand for as Democrats be sufficient?

  • @Judi--you are absolutely right! I don't think the Republican governors thought there would be any blowback, and I bet they are surprised as hell. Unfortunately, I think they were led to think that, though, because after the Great Recession hit in 2007-8, there wasn't rioting in the streets.

    So, Round One, they stole our income and our pensions. Round Two, bust the unions so there's no path to a Democratic Congress.

    But it's playing out a little differently than the GOP thought it would. Let's keep it up! VOTE.

  • Anonymous

    The Kochs look at themselves as, God. If they say this how it is suppose to be done, no one is to object. Well, surprise- surprise! Go get them, Wisconsin.

  • I'm not quite convinced that these Repub governors gave this little stunt much thought before embarking on this path. They just thought that the Kochs knew what they were doing......