On March 30th, a federal court ruled that parts of Act 10, Gov. Walker’s union-busting law, were unconstitutional under the U.S. constitution. While this shows that Gov. Walker disregarded U.S. law when attempting to crush public sector unions, it does not fully restore the rights of public employees on the job. The fight to reclaim Wisconsin by recalling Scott Walker continues.
Here is what the federal court ruled:
- The requirement to recertify a union yearly with an absolute majority – 51% of all bargaining unit members – is in violation of the constitutional protections of Free Speech and Equal Protection
- Denying a worker the right to voluntarily have union dues withheld from their paycheck violates their First Amendment Rights
Judge William Conley immediately stopped the state from enforcing the absolute majority requirement in union elections and set a deadline of May 31 to return automatic dues deduction from all members of public employee unions who so choose.
While this is a step in the right direction, there is still much work to be done to ensure that all working families have the right to collectively bargain. We must stand together until justice is restored to all Wisconsin workers.
(Wisconsin State AFL-CIO)