By Sahid Fawaz
The state that brought us such awful things as Paul Ryan and Scott Walker has upheld its equally awful "right to work" law.
"A state appeals court panel on Tuesday joined a federal appeals court earlier this summer in upholding Wisconsin's right-to-work law, finding that it is not an unconstitutional taking of property from unions.
The three-judge panel of the Wausau-based state District 3 Court of Appeals, led by Judge Mark Seidl, overturned a Dane County circuit judge's finding from April 2016 that the 2015 law, sometimes called Act 1, is unconstitutional.
'The benefits of exclusive representation correspond to a duty to represent all employees in the bargaining unit fairly, including non-members of the union who will pay nothing for representative services,' Seidl wrote. 'Act 1 does not deprive compensation for those mandated services. The law merely prohibits anyone from conditioning a person's employment on the payment of monies designed to cover the costs of performing that duty of fair representation.'
Milwaukee lawyer Frederick Perillo, who has been lead attorney for three unions who sued to overturn right-to-work, said Tuesday morning that he had not yet seen the ruling.
The court's ruling comes on the heels of a decision in July by a federal appeals court panel that also upheld the right-to-work law. A federal judge in Milwaukee had upheld the law in a ruling in September 2016.
The right-to-work law, modeled on similar laws in other states, prohibits unions and employers from requiring that all employees pay fees to join a union, either in membership dues or 'fair share' payments for those who opt out of union membership but are still represented by the union."
For the rest of the story, check out the full article at the Wisconsin State Journal.