Wisconsin Supreme Court Reinstates Anti-Union Law

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 4:41 pm

The Wisconsin Supreme Court, just hours before a deadline imposed by state legislative Republicans, just reinstated the anti-union law which a district court judge had blocked because it violated state open meetings requirements. They made the novel interpretation that those requirements don’t apply to the legislature. The court found a committee of lawmakers was not [...]

Return of Union-Busting: Wisconsin Republicans May Vote Again

By: Friday April 29, 2011 6:23 am

Scott Walker’s team must be getting worried about their legal strategy in the case of the anti-union bill. Because now, there’s open talk about going back to the drawing board and putting the provisions into another piece of legislation, in this case the budget bill for this fiscal year. Andrew Welhouse, a spokesman for Senate [...]

Wisconsin Judge AGAIN Blocks Anti-Union Law

By: Tuesday March 29, 2011 3:46 pm

We all know how this turned out the first time, but for the record, Judge Maryann Sumi extended the temporary restraining order against the anti-union law which strips most collective bargaining rights from public employees, and warned of sanctions for any public official who continues to implement the law. The court hearing arose from the [...]

Wisconsin: Upcoming State Supreme Court Ruling a Nightmare for David Prosser

By: Friday March 25, 2011 10:38 am

I mentioned this yesterday in the Roundup, but I’ll add it here. An appeals court in Wisconsin is moving an appeal of a temporary restraining order against implementation of the anti-union law up to the state Supreme Court. This led some to worry that the 4-3 Republican/Democratic split on the high court would lead to [...]

WI Attorney General Appeals Restraining Order Blocking Anti-Union Law

By: Friday March 18, 2011 1:53 pm

The Attorney General of Wisconsin, JB Van Hollen, will appeal today’s ruling in Dane County Court of a temporary restraining order against implementation of the anti-union law that strips public employees of their collective bargaining rights. The appeal will go to the 4th District Court of Appeals in the state. Here’s Van Hollen’s statement: Van [...]

Judge Halts Implementation of Anti-Union Law in Wisconsin

By: Friday March 18, 2011 9:10 am

According to news reporter Jessica Arp, a Dane County judge in Wisconsin has halted the implementation of Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union law. Judge Maryann Sumi said that the prosecution was likely to succeed on their claim that the conference committee for the bill, which stripped collective bargaining from most state workers, violated open meeting requirements. [...]

First Legal Challenge to Walker Anti-Union Bill in Wisconsin Denied, But Case Will Continue

By: Friday March 11, 2011 2:21 pm

Wisconsin’s anti-public employee bill is signed, but the Secretary of State will take the maximum 10 days to publish the legislation, which means it won’t officially become law until March 25 at the earliest, and probably not until the following Monday, March 28. So there are a couple weeks of legal efforts to go here [...]

Democrats Contest Anti-Union Bill on Procedural Grounds, as Assembly Vote Nears

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 1:40 pm

The vote in the Wisconsin Assembly on the anti-union bill jammed through last night should happen soon. The legal challenges will begin almost immediately. The Assembly Minority Leader, Peter Barca, has filed an official complaint that yesterday’s conference committee violated state open meetings laws. The complaint has a number of findings of fact, and then [...]

Wisconsin: Confusion Reigns Over Legality of Anti-Union Bill Passage in Wisconsin

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 6:00 am

That video above is from last night’s 3-minute conference committee meeting, convened illegally under Wisconsin law, which passed a bill Democratic members of the committee didn’t have an opportunity to read. Rep. Peter Barca, the Assembly Minority Leader, pleads throughout the meeting that it violated Wisconsin’s very precise open meetings law. This stipulates that “Public [...]

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