Huzzah: Appeals court upholds Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining reform law

posted at 5:31 pm on January 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The drama has long since died down, but there are still ongoing challenges to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-balancing and public-sector union-disempowering reforms, as big labor will certainly use even its dying breaths to fight for their right to party. The legal battles will certainly continue, but Gov. Walker scored a win when a federal appeals court upheld his uber-controversial restrictions on public unions on Friday:

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights in a decision hailed by Republicans but not undoing a state court ruling keeping much of the law from being in effect.

The decision marks the latest twist in a two-year battle over the law that Walker proposed in February 2011 and passed a month later despite massive protests and Senate Democrats leaving for Illinois in a failed attempt to block a vote on the measure.

The law forced public union members to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits, which Walker said was needed to address a budget shortfall. It also took away nearly all their bargaining rights.

Walker and Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who fought for passage of the bill, called the ruling a win for Wisconsin taxpayers.

There are still other lawsuits pending on the matter, but this, along with Michigan’s successful push for right-to-work laws in December, is the right kind of momentum for states possibly hesitating on adjusting their own union laws (heads up, Missouri!). With all of these GOP governors around, it certainly feels like the opportune moment, especially with unions losing steam like they did in Indiana earlier this week:

A federal judge on Thursday threw out a union’s lawsuit seeking to overturn Indiana’s “right to work” law, saying such a challenge should remain at the state level. …

The plaintiffs, Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, claimed the law, which bars companies and unions from negotiating contracts that require all employees to pay for representation, violated the constitution.

The law’s passage by the General Assembly in February 2012 was a major milestone in what has become a national tug of war over union rights.


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Excellent news… Another defeat for the parasite communist unions…

mnjg on January 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Gov. Walker and those who voted for this= +1000
Union thugs= 0

All those in Wisconsin, y’all did good!
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letget on January 19, 2013 at 5:35 PM

No … cannot tolerate any good news … it’s just a ruse for another big letdown. Erika … the torturer …

Just you wait and see, when good old Chief Justice Roberts — with maybe a couple new Obama appointees — get their ivory (as in “tower”) unprincipled open-minded little interpretations on it out to satisfy the LSM and cocktail-party circuit … you’ll be sorry.

Remember, you heard it here first! ;-)

ShainS on January 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Remember, you heard it here first! ;-)

ShainS on January 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

You are sooooooo right…!

… It’s scraps from the table, a “head fake”, more “Look over there!“.

Obowma has four more years to turn this Country into a Banana Republic, he’s already started with the 2nd Amendment…

Seven Percent Solution on January 19, 2013 at 5:52 PM

The plaintiffs, Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, claimed the law, which bars companies and unions from negotiating contracts that require all employees to pay for representation, violated the constitution.

What part of freedom of association don’t they understand?

Dusty on January 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Huzzah: Appeals court upholds Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining reform law

Le huzzah.

petefrt on January 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

…there’s a reason liberals find court appointments so important and want ‘their people’ appointed

KOOLAID2 on January 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

THIS is what Democracy REALLY looks like!!!!!

And you don’t need to be beating on a drum like a blithering village idiot to make that point clearer!

pilamaye on January 19, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Activist Judges!

Del Dolemonte on January 19, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Hard to declare this unconstitutional when the Federal government does not allow it.

pat on January 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Count it!

crr6

fossten on January 19, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Recall when this whole mess was going on, starting two years ago? And how liberals–especially the trolls here–were so smug and self-assured Walker would be recalled and this law would be crushed?

Seems not.

Liam on January 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Governor Walker, a true American hero.

ShainS, I hate to say it, but you’re right. After the King gets done trashing the 2nd Amendment, & brings 30 plus million illegals/demon voters in via amnesty, only the Lord knows what America will look like. We don’t have enough “Walker’s” to help us out of this.

Belle on January 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Good news but the battle continues . . . communism is a malignant growth on the side of this nation and its parasitic unions will be with us for some time to come.

rplat on January 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

communism is a malignant growth on the side of this nation and its parasitic unions will be with us for some time to come.

rplat on January 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Only because we’re allowing it for now.

Liam on January 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Count it!

crr6

fossten on January 19, 2013 at 6:18 PM

…had me going into shock…for half a second!

KOOLAID2 on January 19, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Give ‘em hell, Scotty.

ignatzk on January 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Erika Johnsen – Surely you can find a better source than the malevolent Washington Post.

ignatzk on January 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

It seems like there is a lot of momentum for the GOP at the State level. Is anyone thinking about the GOP reinventing itself as the bottoms-up party, dominating at the lower levels and hoping it pays off at the national level, instead of putting so much stock in controlling the White House, the Senate or the House?

Scopper on January 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

You have to know this isn’t over yet. Liberals never give up they just move on. They don’t lose well either, so expect some more thuggery, lawsuits, and work stoppages in the future.

bflat879 on January 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

A great big AMEN

Delsa on January 19, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Cases in United States Courts of Appeals are heard by a three-judge panel. A majority of the active circuit judges may decide to hear or rehear a case en banc. The union will probably request a rehearing before the entire bench.

scrubjay on January 19, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Wow, Resist, great link! Sent it to my lawyer friend for further interpretation. At least it gives one some hope!.

Belle on January 19, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Scopper on January 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

They are already the bottoms up party, sadly.

OldEnglish on January 19, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Liberals are amazing in their ability see the hypocrisy. They interpret “Freedom of Relision” to be “freedom from religion.” Then they have a hard time understanding that “freedom of association” also means that some people want “freedom from unions.”

hopeful on January 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Then they have a hard time understanding that “freedom of association” also means that some people want “freedom from unions.”

hopeful on January 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

And freedom from liberals. Yet, they keep imposing themselves on us the way the trolls perpetually insist on coming here to harass and annoy.

Liam on January 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM