Related to: Collective Bargaining

7th Circuit Court Invalidates Wisconsin’s 30-Day Dues Deduction Revocation Law

On September 13, 2018, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in International Association of Machinists District 10 and Local Lodge 873 v. Allen, holding Wisconsin could not shorten the one-year irrevocable period for dues-checkoff authorizations imposed by federal law. This decision affirms an earlier United States District Court decision out of the Western…

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Recommendations for Municipalities to Ensure Compliance with Janus v. AFSCME Decision

On June 27, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Janus v. AFSCME. The Court held that public sector employees cannot be required to pay “fair share” union fees. This is the fee paid to the union by those employees who are not willing to join the union. We previously summarized the decision…

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U.S. Supreme Court Decides Janus v. AFSCME Agency Fee Case

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Janus v. American Federation, et al., concluding that public sector employees cannot be required to pay so-called “fair share” union fees. This decision is likely to cause a significant decrease in union revenue and may result in further decline of union membership. The petitioner in…

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Wisconsin Budget Bill Creates New Standard for Union Organizing

Under Act 10, public sector unions must recertify annually by obtaining the support of at least 51% of all employees within the bargaining unit. If the union fails to receive such support, it will be decertified and one full year must pass prior to any union attempt to re-organize. After the one-year period expires, the…

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Right to Work Poised to Become the Law in Wisconsin

Last week, the State Senate passed its version of the Right to Work bill (2015 Senate Bill 44); and, today, the State Assembly passed an identical bill (2015 Assembly Bill 61). Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign the bill on Monday, making it law. Wisconsin’s Right to Work legislation provides freedom of choice to…

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The Supreme Court Has Spoken: Act 10 Is Here To Stay

This morning, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 (“Act 10”), the law responsible for dramatically altering the collective bargaining relationship for public sector employers and employees. Although several federal court decisions previously found Act 10 to be constitutional, today’s decision removes the last major hurdle facing this controversial legislation.…

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Dane County (WI) Circuit Court Overturns Parts of Act 10 Already Upheld by Federal Court

In another unexpected twist in the continuing litigation over Act 10, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas issued a decision on Friday holding parts of Act 10 in violation of both the Wisconsin and U.S Constitutions. Many of the provisions of Act 10 overturned by Judge Colas were already reviewed and found to be…

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