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Monday, June 13, 2011

Collective Bargaining Law Back On The Table in Wisconsin

Republicans in Wisconsin are planning to put the collective bargaining provision into the state's budget legislation, if the Wisconsin does not act soon to revoke Judge Sumi's ill-advised injunction against the law, as reported by JSOnline:
The Legislature will put Gov. Scott Walker’s limits on collective bargaining into the state budget Tuesday if the state Supreme Court hasn’t ruled on the matter by then, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) said Monday.

“If need be, we are going to have to pass collective bargaining again,” Fitzgerald said at a Capitol news conference. “My caucus is more solid on that collective bargaining vote than they ever have been.”
Republicans have no choice at this point.  Judge Sumi ran out the clock on them.

I guess there will be no post-Kloppenburg lull in Wisconsin.

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  1. "“If need be, we are going to have to pass collective bargaining again,” Fitzgerald said at a Capitol news conference. “My caucus is more solid on that collective bargaining vote than they ever have been.”"

    That falls squarely into the "believe it when you see it" category. I'm guessing the GOP caucus is very very wobbly on the issue right now.

  2. "... Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations ... The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for ... officials ... to bind the employer ... The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives ...

    "Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people ... This obligation is paramount ... A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent ... to prevent or obstruct ... Government ... Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government ... is unthinkable and intolerable."

    Franklin D. Roosevelt 1937

    As a golly gee side note:

    This opened up the floodgates around the country as other Democratic legislators followed Wagner's lead. In 1959, Wisconsin became the first state to enact public employee collective bargaining laws.

    Wisconsin has had a few generations steeped in union socialism..


  3. I would think they should make it a separate bill, as budget bills have the different quorum requirements. Or have they put ankle bracelets on the Democrats?

    Again I say, how unfair! Wisconsin is a closed shop state for private sector employees, but Right-to-Work for public employees? Dang, they public employees get everything!

  4. This will be the litmus test for the Wisconsin Senate Republicans up for recall. If they fail here, those up for recall WILL be defeated, and the Senate will shift back to the Liberals, because the Conservatives will abandon those who are spineless, waiting for the next opportunity to elect true Conservatives who will be brave enough to stand their ground.

    It would be a shame, because the Liberals would do a LOT of damage in the mean time by blocking Gov. Walker's agenda, which is the ONLY thing that has even a CHANCE of saving Wisconsin from economic stagnation.

    My bet is though that it will pass again. Unfortunately that will moot the court case and Judge Sumi won't get publicly slapped down the way she OUGHT to be by the Wisconsin Supreme Court for intervening in a way that was without merit in law or fact.

  5. Milwaukee - they CAN'T make it a separate bill, because if they do, the Democrats will FLEE again to Illinois, and we'll have a repeat of the 3 week standoff that occurred earlier this year. We KNOW Illinois won't arrest and return them (they've shown that already).

    The Quorum requirement for a Budget Bill is the thing which will allow it to pass. It's time to ram-rod it through, make the changes, and give them time to cement before the next election cycle truly takes hold, and in the process cut off the feeding tube from the Unions to the Democrat politicians. Preventing "direct taking" of union dues will cripple the Democrat party (and they know it) because people WON'T willingly give to them, especially in this economy.

  6. By the way, it IS possible that SCOWI will rule Sumi's intervention is completely out of order and quash her TRO/injunction.

    But SCOWI will have to act quickly, and the Chief Justice is a Lefty of the first water.

  7. If there is a more corrupt state court system in the remaining "56" states would someone please acknowledge?

    Anyone, Bueller, Bueller?

  8. One thing that a gutsy GOP would do (am I kidding myself? Yes, I am) would be to go after Sumi personally. Find out if there is a way to eject her from the bench. Search her prior decisions for any hint of impropriety. Criminalize her actions and use that to eject her from the judiciary.

    But the GOP would prefer to play by kindergarten rules while the Democrats play by the same rules that Stalin preferred.

  9. Chuck, I think you are 180 degrees out. Adding the collective bargaining back into the budget will likely make the fleebaggers run again.

    A non-budget bill can be passed without dems, since the quorum requirements aren't as tight. They just need to give 24 hour's notice, and survive the gauntlet of protestors to actually vote.