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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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    I recently spoke to the wife of a Police officer that is a Supervisor. The Sup's, according to her, are getting all the negatives and none of the positives. The Sup's are not in the union, she said. But, they get the same deal that unions get. They have no union dues collected; so they will not see the pension and HC costs offset. However, she did recognize the shared pain in the economic downturn. Plus, she recognized my point in that police should have been paid their worth in the first place. And not have pension and HC promises that municipalities can't keep. It was nice to talk frankly with someone honest about these issues.

    In other news, most school districts see a net plus in money with the Walker Bill. So, don't swallow the school class size changes whole. Look for yourself.

    http://content.clearchannel.com/cc-common/mlib/3627/03/3627_1300303985.pdf

    "To quote a well-known "Constitutional Scholar":
    "We won." "

    Are you really sure about that? Looking at the end result I have a hard time seeing this as a win for you. The polls show a sea shift away from the right in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Florida. Aren't those states you;d rather liked not to have lost in so short a time?

    The whole affair has energized the left and made the right appear to be, shall we say flexible in terms of their commitment to both contracts and the rule of law.

    And finally the chances of the law standing up to legal challenges looks to be shakey and it seems pretty likely that Wisconsin voters will elect dems who will rescind it anyway. The political cost to the WI GOP would seem to be rather discouraging to any other state GOP thinking about trying it.

    So what exactly did you win?

    The whole affair has energized the left and made the right appear to be, shall we say flexible in terms of their commitment to both contracts and the rule of law.

    And finally the chances of the law standing up to legal challenges looks to be shakey and it seems pretty likely that Wisconsin voters will elect dems who will rescind it anyway. The political cost to the WI GOP would seem to be rather discouraging to any other state GOP thinking about trying it.

    Concern Troll much?

    Rush talked about this post today. And mentioned your blog. Again.

    I'm in awe, but not surprised, at how fast this blog rose.

    To many of the commentators who misstate the math and the impact on state (repeat, state) workers, you can go to the state OSER site or many other state agency sites to use the calculator that shows that the impact on state employee checks of the increases — plus the still-in-place pay cuts ("furloughs"); I stand by the math.

    To Scott who thinks that the taxpayers, including state employees, will have more money to spend, see the updated stories on Walker's biennial budget proposal: It is an increase over the previous budget, so no savings for taxpayers there. 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.

    And re the state being the largest single employer in the state, that's so in many states. Have you checked yours?


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