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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds union-limiting Act 10

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MADISON, Wis. (KMSP) -

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the 2011 law known as Act 10 that put major limits on the collective bargaining rights of unions. The legislation triggered which statewide protests and an attempt to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Thursday’s ruling is another win for Walker in his tussle with unions. In 2012, facing strong opposition from unions and their supporters, Walker became the first governor to ever survive a recall election. He called the court’s decision “a victory for those hard-working taxpayers.”

“Act 10 has saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than $3 billion,” Walker said in a statement. “Today’s ruling is a victory for those hard-working taxpayers.”

Act 10 prohibits public worker unions in Wisconsin from collectively bargaining for anything other than inflation-adjusted wage increases. The law eliminated collective bargaining for hours and conditions of employment for all municipal employees, with the exception of police, firefighters and other public safety workers.

The lawsuit filed by the Madison teachers union and a Milwaukee public workers’ union argued Act 10 violated their constitutional rights to free assembly and equal protection.

"No matter the limitations or 'burdens' a legislative enactment places on the collective bargaining process, collective bargaining remains a creation of legislative grace and not constitutional obligation," Justice Michael Gableman wrote in the majority opinion.

Madison Teachers Inc. executive director John Matthews said the court’s decision “is not only extremely disappointing, but is morally bankrupt.”

“Gov. Walker said he would divide and conquer public employees and he did with Act 10,” Matthews said in a statement. “Now his conservative supporters on the Supreme Court have said what he did in acting to divide and conquer is constitutional.”

Wisconsin Act 10: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/related/lcactmemo/jr1_ab11.pdf

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