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    Wisconsin Stops Withholding Unions Dues As Of Today

    Wisconsin Stops Withholding Unions Dues As Of Today

    Guess what?  The Legislative Reference Bureau published the Wisconsin budget repair bill Friday, and as the law provides, the Governor is taking the position the law is in effect.

    And he’s stopped withholding union dues as of today, even though there are more court hearings tomorrow.  From JSOnline:

    Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is no longer collecting dues on behalf of state unions and as of Sunday began charging employees more for health care and their pensions, even though nonpartisan legislative attorneys say the changes are not yet law.

    Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said Monday administration attorneys have determined the law is now in effect. State workers will receive paychecks April 21 that reflect the changes, he said in a conference call with reporters.

    In addition to requiring state, local and school employees to pay more for their benefits, the measure ends most collective bargaining for public workers. The law also bars the state from charging dues to employees and passing them on to unions, as it has done for years.

    Critics of Gov. Walker’s move cite an opinion from the Legislative Council, essentially the staff attorneys at the Wisconsin legislature, who opine that the bill has not yet become law. 

    As pointed out by Kevin Binversie at Lakeshore Laments, it is quite ironic for opponents of the bill to rely on the opinions of the Legislative Council, since it was the Legislative Council which also opined that the actions of the Republican state Senators in passing the bill complied with Senate Rules.

    If the Legislative Council was right that the bill passage complied with Senate Rules, and since legislative Rules trump the Open Meetings Law, then the bill should survive court challenges and there should be no injunction, temporary or otherwise.

    Tomorrow will be interesting, as Judge Sumi grapples with the mess created by a precipitous Temporary Restraining Order.

    With the law now in effect and paychecks getting an increase since union dues are not being withheld, Democrats are the party arguing for a reduction in state worker paychecks.

    Update 3-29-2011– I’ll be posting updates on the court proceedings in Wisconsin throughout the day.

    Update: Wisconsin Judge Expands TRO, Prohibits Implementation of Budget Bill

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    "And see also the stories of the impact of his budget on municipal gov'ts and school districts: increased taxes, if they wish to retain services, schools, etc."

    Take Madison for example. Under the Walker plan the benefit Savings = $3,294,161 Possible spending cuts needed? No.

    Madison, Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, Green Bay, etc. Huge pluses in savings.

    Contrast that with news from 2006 in Kenosha.

    "About 40 teachers in the Kenosha Unified School District will be laid off this year, after the district’s teachers chose to keep their health insurance with WEA Trust, the insurance provider of the teachers union, the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC)."

    If you like workers keeping their job, picking the Walker plan seems a no brainer. It's "odd" that some in the pro-union crowd don't care.

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