Wisconsin high court upholds collective bargaining law
June 14th, 2011
08:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Wisconsin high court upholds collective bargaining law

(CNN) - Wisconsin's top court Tuesday reinstated a contentious law that curbs the collective bargaining rights of most state employees.

The state's Supreme Court, by a 4-3 vote, set aside a ruling by a lower court judge who had placed a permanent injunction against the law. The court ruled the state Legislature did not violate the state's constitution when it passed the legislation.

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  1. Randall

    So now its finally over?

    June 14, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    That ridiculous rule can be changed as soon as all the recalled republicans are replaced by democrats some time next month. Wisconsin people have spoken and continue to speak.

    We're proud of what you're doing, Wisconsin. Keep up the good work, and recall that fascist Governor in January 2012. We're watching.

    June 14, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Lydia N

    Those employees who the law did not apply to (police, firefighters) should join in with those who were not fortunate enough to be excluded from collective bargaining curbs.

    How convenient of the state's legislators to force through a provision that was not necessary because the unions had already ceded to their demands. It's all well and good to take away the ability of the individual to negotiate but when it comes to their own benefits, the legislators left them alone.

    We all know the only way to gain any leverage is to join with a larger group for clout.

    It's done with businesses as in chambers of commerce; or the purchase of health insurance as in health insurance cluster arrangements; small retailers who join together to form purchasing co-ops; municipalities who joined together to purchase property insurance as a group. The list goes on. Yet, the individual employee has no mechanism to join together for collective bargaining.

    The Republicans legislators were wrong and I suspect this recent high-court ruling was also split along party lines.

    Let's keep the working person down. As the gap wides between the haves and have nots, and more blue collar workers strive to keep their families intact, let's see where this will all end.

    Wisconsin voters, remember who voted against collective bargaining and vote appropriately on election day.

    June 14, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Albo58

    Perhaps the Dimwits will try to recall their state supreme court next! The Dimwits have lost at the ballot box, the courts, and in the argument...live with it, libs!

    June 14, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. s kel

    good a vote for the american middle class & against the consertive right wing wisconsin nazis

    June 14, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. A Kickin` Donkey

    Let this be a lesson to ALL "touch labor" union workers as to what happens when you let the GOP Svengali you into voting against your economic interests.

    It is the Democrats that would protect your rights to be in a union without restrictions or clandestine attacks.

    When the GOPTP`ers call Obama a socialist or when they call him un-American, or when the GOP advocates against "activist" judges who would protect the rights of the average, "common-man" citizens, what they are really doing is slowly eroding the middle class.

    Stop buying into the GOP`s hype. You need to vote straight Democratic Tickets on a state and Federal level.

    June 14, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. Peter s

    I told you so!!! you reap what you sow!!! you voted Republican governor so stop whinning when he takes away your rights, stop whinning when they use the courts to award more power to aristocracy while standing on the backs of the middle class.

    June 14, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. TEW

    For those WI residents who sat out the 2010 and supreme court election.... See what in action brings. Elections matter!!

    June 14, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The court obviously doesn't understand that public sector employees didn't make the rules alone. If the governor had bothered to ask the unions for consessions, then he might have gotten some of what he wanted. The idea behind the public sectors having unions is to protect them from the changes in the political winds. Civil service comissions can be changed so easily that it makes unions the only way to keep good employees protected.

    June 14, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. cindy

    RECALL AND REPEAL Who knows...maybe we'll even get to see alittle justice in running them out of office. Silly Wabbit....Tricks are for kids!!!!

    June 15, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |