The efforts of Wisconsin teachers unions to strike down the
state's controversial Act 10 have been thwarted for the time being,
as a federal appeals court has upheld the law.
Governor Scott Walker's (R) measure, which is designed to bring
union contracts in line with the state's budget concerns, has been
sustained as constitutionally sound, and public sector union
privileges have been curtailed. The
court found the law constitutional and the automatic deduction
of union dues acceptable.
Steve Gunn of the Education Action Group
Foundation (EAG) tells OneNewsNow he and other school reformers
were holding their breath until the Seventh Circuit Court of
Appeals announced its decision.
"We were certainly hoping it would pass muster and survive,
because it's been a very good law for the state, and in very real
ways it saves school districts millions upon millions
of dollars," he offers.
The only challenge left is in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals,
and Gunn has reason to believe it will uphold Act 10 as well.
"While there's quite a bit of balance on that court, it leans a
little bit to the right," the EAG spokesman reports. "And most
everybody that I've talked to and everything that I've read
suggests that it'll probably be upheld at the Wisconsin Supreme
Court level, too."
Last September, a Dane County circuit court judge declared that
provisions of Act 10 were unconstitutional, putting it on hold
until the matter is settled in the courts. That case was brought by
Madison Teachers Inc. and Public Employees Local 61.