Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Union Law

June 15, 2011 07:00

[Gov.] Walker claimed that the law, which also requires public employees to pay more for their health care and pensions, would give local governments enough flexibility on labor costs to deal with deep cuts to state aid.

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press at CNSNews.com


In a 4-3 decision that included a blistering dissent, the Supreme Court ruled that Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi overstepped when she declared the law void last month. Sumi sided with a lawsuit that claimed Republicans didn’t provide proper public notice of a meeting that helped get the original legislation approved after Democratic senators fled the state to prevent a vote.

“The doors of the Senate and Assembly were kept open to the press and members of the public … access was not denied,” according to the majority opinion.

Walker has said the public worker concessions would generate about $300 million in savings to the state over the next two years.


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