State Supreme Court to decide on collective bargaining law
MADISON (WAOW) -
State Supreme Court is debating the governor's chief accomplishment
in office, the collective bargaining law. Both sides presented
arguments Monday. Now, the highest state court must decide to uphold
it, or strike it down.
does a circuit judge have the authority?" Argued Wisconsin
Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen.
can't act on something that is not law," said Tamara Packard,
attorney representing Madison Teacher, Inc.
is just the latest step in a long battle. In 2011, Governor Scott
Walker proposed stripping collective bargaining rights from most
public workers. That law passed despite massive protests.
year a Madison judge ruled those restrictions were unconstitutional
as they applied to schools and city workers.
few weeks ago, that same judge found some state officials in contempt
of court for continuing to enforce parts of the law. Now, the ball is
with the State Supreme Court.
arguments, J. B. Van Hollen said the law is constitutional.
represented employees still retain every one of those first amendment
rights. They are not at all burdened or penalized at all for voting
to have a collective bargaining representative to represent their
collective bargaining unit," Van Hollen told the court.
attorneys representing Madison Teachers, Inc. disagreed.
must respect the authority of the judicial branch, they are not to
enforce or implement a law that has been declared by any court of
this state to be unconstitutional, null in void," argued
is the second time Act 10 has come to the high court. The last time
the justices ruled republicans did properly pass it. There's no time
line for when a decision may come down.
sides agree the sooner, the better.