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Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules for Walker

The Wisconsin Supreme Court just made official what even Wisconsin’s Democrats have already implicitly conceded: Scott Walker’s landmark law strictly limiting collective bargaining rights for public sector unions is constitutional and will stand. The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

The decision was 5-2, with Justice Michael Gableman writing the lead opinion, which found that collective bargaining is not a fundamental right under the constitution but rather a benefit that lawmakers can extend or restrict as they see fit.

“No matter the limitations or ‘burdens’ a legislative enactment places on the collective bargaining process, collective bargaining remains a creation of legislative grace and not constitutional obligation. The First Amendment cannot be used as a vehicle to expand the parameters of a benefit that it does not itself protect,” Gableman wrote.

Governor Walker, in a tight re-election campaign this year against Democrat Mary Burke, was triumphantly touting the savings made possible by the law—figures that the Journal Sentinel said largely checked out.

Walker’s re-election in November is anything but assured given recent polling, but public sector unions around the country locked in similar disputes just let out a collective groan. Reformers in other states have been watching carefully how the drama in Wisconsin played out, and with this Supreme Court ruling, it seems to have reached its end.

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  • Anthony

    “For nearly all the twentieth century there was a dynamic left in the United States grounded in the belief that unrestrained capitalism generated unacceptable social costs.That left crested in influence between 1935 and 1945, when it anchored a coalition centered in the labor movement, most significantly within the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)…Its high point may have come in 1944, when FDR propounded what he called a second Bill of Rights. Among these rights, Roosevelt proclaimed were the right to a useful and remunerative job, adequate medical care, and adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.” Can aforementioned be considered also a casualty of Feed’s premise?

    • f1b0nacc1

      One can only hope

  • stanbrown

    Good ruling for the teachers, students, and taxpayers. Bad for union bosses and the politicians who depend on their slush funds.

  • ljgude

    I remember the good old days of slush finds when my daddy was offered $1 million dollars by Jimmy Hoffa to sell out his dairy farmer’s union. Fortunately my dad knew a thug when he saw one and turned him down or he too might have ended up in a barrel of lard. You’d think with all this Global Warming about all the slush would have melted by now.

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