A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding public-sector unions in Illinois reaffirms Wisconsin’s collective bargaining reform law.
At least the man behind Wisconsin’s Act 10, Republican Governor Scott Walker, thinks so.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling (Monday) reinforces the Act 10 reforms eliminating the requirement for public employees to pay union dues,” the Republican governor said in a statement.
The high court’s 5-4 ruling is a major defeat for organized labor, which has benefited financially and in strength of numbers through representation of thousands of home-care workers and forcing automatic deduction of dues for that representation.
As Fox News reported, the ruling does not cover all private-sector unions. And it does not overturn the long-standing practice allowing public-sector unions to require union dues from nonmembers.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito asserts that home-care workers “are different from full-fledged public employees” because they work primarily for their disabled or elderly customers and do not have most of the rights and benefits of state employees. Illinois effectively has labeled the private-sector class of employees as public-sector workers because they are paid from Medicaid funds.
Walker’s Act 10, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011, is the bane of the American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees and organized labor in general. The bill sparked protests by thousands at the state Capitol, and became the focus of the left’s failed recall drive in 2012 to remove Walker from office. He became the first governor in U.S. history to withstand a recall challenge.
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