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Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Governor Walker’s Union Law

June 17, 2011 by  

The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 4-3 to uphold the union law.In what is being reported as a major victory for Republicans in Wisconsin, the State’s Supreme Court voted to uphold a law that will take away many collective bargaining privileges from public employees in the State.

Fox News reports that the high court in the Badger State voted 4-3 to uphold Governor Scott Walker’s plan. The court said that a judge in a lower court overstepped her bounds when she voided the law. Specifically, they said that the judge did not have the authority to become involved in the process of legislation.

Walker said that by upholding the law, the Supreme Court will allow the State to tackle its $6.3 billion budget shortfall.

“The Supreme Court’s ruling provides our state the opportunity to move forward together and focus on getting Wisconsin working again,” he said.

The Associated Press reports that the decision came through shortly before the Wisconsin Assembly was expected to start discussing the State budget.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson dissented, along with Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Patrick Crooks. The majority was comprised of Justices David Prosser, Michael Gableman, Annette Ziegler and Patience Roggensack, reports Fox News.

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  • Bob

    I hope that this is the beginning of the end or unions. I worked with unions for decades and have seen how they “protect” the worthless and lazy while keeping down the productive worker. Unions are evil and should be abolished altogether.

    • skippy

      Bob, I think unions have served their purpose ‘back in the day’. they are so corrupt now, that i don’t even think members know what they are paying their ‘dues’ for!

      • Paul Mc

        It is all fine and fashionable for right-wingers to blame “unions or other bargaining associations” for America’s problems. Unfortunately that logic cannot explain the extinction of “good-paying” jobs. Service industry, McJobs and part-timer jobs (not really jobs but get counted deceptively in job-creation data) will be the death of American Society. A few socio-psycho wannabe-achievers are hoarding more and more of the nation’s wealth at the very top of income earners. They need this “greed” complex to be “successful in their own small, warped minds! Meanwhile the “middle class” in America is being destroyed. So blame unions for your predicament, after all there are no corrupt, morally useless corporations (yeah…right!)to blame for this mess of a country! Sorry, but no one left working in America will be able to buy any consumer products on the “working” incomes that “corporations” will pay their employees! Welcome to the Third World and keep on printing trillions more fake dollars that are worthless in the rest of the world and will likely cause the next world-wide Depression in the near future. You enjoyed the benefits of Unions, and now sound like you are safely retired with a decent pension income…easy to badmouth from your armchair!

  • Disgusted

    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. Go Walker, Go Walker, Go Walker. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. Go Walker, Go Walker, Go Walker. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. Go Walker, Go Walker, Go Walker. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. Go Walker, Go Walker, Go Walker. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. Go Walker, Go Walker, Go Walker.

  • eddie47d

    Everyone has to do there part in closing the budget gap but your celebration is short sighted crowing. Corporate thievery is the evil that should be thoroughly investigated and their golden parachutes and obscene bonuses should be abolished altogether. Union workers worked hard and earned just about everything they have achieved. Were some of them more demanding and getting more than what their job title dictated? Absolutely and that needs to be brought back in line. Did they embarrass other workers while protecting the “lazy” worker? That was a rarity from what I saw and a problem that should have been corrected. Now if you truly care about the direction America is heading then you will use equal zeal in taking down corporate thugs and their shady deals and their manipulations of America’s markets. If you can’t do that then you are worse than hypocrites.

    • Bob

      “Union workers worked hard” – that is an absolute lie eddie, once again proving that you are a liar who hates the truth. Union workers are lazy, worthless, parasites – I know I have worked with many different unions for 40 years and I wouldn’tr give a dime for every union man who ever lived.

      • eddie47d

        Miss me Bob? I see you have your fangs out! No lies from me but yours are longer than a stretch limo. Nothing rational coming out of your noggin so are you off your meds again?

      • get right

        Bob, do you take a lunch break? Do you only work 40 hrs a week? Do you get paid vacations? Do you have health insurance? Do you get paid over time? If you are enjoying these perks, you should be thanking the unions who got you these rights. I don’t really think the corporations willing gave these things to the workers do you?

    • steve in AZ

      Eddie-

      What corporations do with their money is their business in a free society. People who dislike their distribution of profits are allowed to boycott corporations the deem evil. As a free American, you share that ability. If enoug people agree with you, the “evil” corporations will cease to exist, as in a free market economy monopolies can only exist with the sponsorship of government.

      This is based on one of the most widely understood and accepted rules of the free market – “Excess profits breed ruinous competition.”

      Also, bear in mind that corporations do not pay income tax – they merely collect taxes for the government from the consumer. Any taxes levied on corporations by the evil gangsters in power in government are actually just borne by the consumer. In a free society we are allowed to vote with our wallets, as well as our ballots.

      How any indidvidual or corporation distributes it’s profits is certainly their right to decide. If they overpay their employees with bonuses and golden parachutes, their days are numbered. Unless of course, they are propped up by the government, as some have been. That being the case, are you then advocating smaller government and less regulation? ;)

      • eddie47d

        Smaller government yes. Less regulations (or duplicity) yes. I guess the reality is that some companies cheat or are hurt because of too many regulations and some cheat because they are not regulated enough. The government has a bad habit of going after good companies because of those who scam the system.

    • lkar

      Simply repeating the DNC propaganda. I suppose you think evil Boeing has no right to build a factory in SC because the union says so!

      • http://naver samurai

        Go Boeing! Stand up to those commie unions! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

      Hey eddie69d, I believe that the unions of Venezuela, Cuba and the Soviet Union have a job for you to fill, What’s holding you back? go! boy! go!

  • James

    Good news for sure. I think the deficit numbers are incorrect however. I believe it should 3.6 billion dollars instead of 6.3.

    • Dan az

      I believe your right.

  • http://gunner689 gunner689

    Public corporations have things called a board of directors and stock holders. They control the evil CEO and other corp. officers pay and benifits packages. It is their responsibility and in their best interest to make sure these things are fair, equitable, and in the best interest of the corp. If they fail then the corp. fails.

    As to unions, the highest cost to any mfg. product is labor. When you have UAW workers spending their shifts in the breakroom or at the local bar and pulling in six figure incomes is there any wonder labor moves out of country ?

    • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

      gunner689, look into the Longshoreman Union , Now that’s a true rip off.

      • http://gunner689 gunner689

        I thought it was a criminal enterprise.

  • jopa

    Bob;You claimed to have been a lazy, worthless, parasite union member for over 40 years and don’t feel like you are worth a dime.Why are you so hard on yourself, get a grip already.I know the vast majority of union members that I worked with were the greatest workers in the world , and when I had the privilege to work with them it was just a matter of getting the job done plus.If you claim what you have said about yourself is true the unions must have protected you all the way, but they should have shown you how to do your job better.

    • Jana

      jopa,
      My husband has worked with men that USED to work for a union. He said they were worthless. All they wanted to do was the ONE THING THEY WERE HIRED FOR, nothing else. He said they acted like spoiled children. They didn’t last long in the right to work states.

      • http://naver samurai

        I guess that there is no need for motivation when working for a union. SOS DD! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Bob from Calif.

    Its nice to finally see judges breaking through the special interests and the political corruption. I was beginning to wonder if all justice was bought and paid for these days.

  • Jack

    What a joke. The 2010-2011 budget was balanced. The “deficit” was created in the first week of Walker’s term when the Republican legislature enacted Walker’s laws that gave over $100,000,000.00 in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthist people in WI.

    Walker and the Republican legislature then balanced the “deficit” they
    created on the backs of average people and stripped the rights of most union employees (not the police).

    Since that time Walker and the Republican legislature have enacted further tax cuts for the rich and giveaways to big corporations. While making the middle class and poor pay for those giveaways.

    Maybe most of you think that is justice but I think your thought processes are a little off. For a change, try getting your information from a source other than Fox or some “conservative” talk show host and fact check it yourself. If you did you would be amazed how much you were being deceived.

    • Vicki

      Jack….where and who do you get you info. from?????

      • Dennis48e

        from eddie47. Jack’s post sounds just like one eddie put up a while back.

        • eddie47d

          Why thank you Dennis. Not all of us want the Middle Class shafted like the Wall Streeters and some Corporations have done to us over the years. Go ahead and side with those crooks and help America slide even more. That’s a big problem that few of you want to fix but you have to admit the problem first before that can happen.

          • http://gunner689 gunner689

            You’re right Eddie; damn them to Hell for creating jobs, building industry, and providing a life style the rest of the world envies. Damn them for their charitable donations, their innovations, and carrying the bulk of the taxes. Damn them, damn them all.

      • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

        Vicki, Jack get his info from Cranial Rectal Insertion News Net Works, just like eddie68d.

    • Cal from WI

      Your points are almost verbatim what I heard when I was carrying a sign in support of Walker in Madison. Every time I tried to get the person spouting this drivel to elaborate, they just got huffy and walked away. They were obviously trained in what to say, not how to answer questions. That is typical of union thugs when they go to a protest of any kind. That’s why they all shout exactly the same thing… there’s no independent thought processes.

      • Paul Mc

        Ah…but there are no corporate thugs either…eh? Your short-sighted sledge-hammer legislation will simply make your economic disaster worse. As “living – with persons rights corporations – what a stupid joke!” trample an ever increasing number of middle-class jobs into the mud, there will soon be no “consumers” left to purchase their “products” on the Scrooge wages they will pay. You deserve what is coming to America. This is not some right-wing think-tank exercise, spouting more drivel, the country is going down the tubes, so enjoy your “personal” right to help prove your theory!

    • http://naver samurai

      Way tto much lib kool aid on a daily basis! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • http://naver samurai

      Care to cite a source on that or was this just the usual liberal rant with the blessings of some union? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Roger

    I love the people that think the working person should loose what they have gained since the sweat shops. This country is going in the wrong direction. We are going to have a two class system. The very rich and rest poor. Wake up folks. Its a way to make us a second class country and have the world government rule. All I can say I GOD bless america

    • Cal from WI

      I’m a working person, and I haven’t lost a thing. In fact, I’ve gained now that I don’t have to worry about ludicrous increases in the wages of public union employees.

      One question I couldn’t get answered by the protesters in Madison, or by anyone else for that matter… why is it that union “workers” think that only union workers constitute the working class? What about all the workers who choose not to rip off their employers with out-of-line wage and benefits demands? What about those workers (like me) who refuse to join a union because they’re nothing but legalized extortion?

      • Jana

        Cal from WI,
        I say good for you. You are a hard working HONEST American.

  • i41

    Roger the country is going in the weong direction, ever since the formation of the Tamminany Hall (the dumbocrat party). They have always been a marxist/communist party of democrat idiots. As for the very rich,lookat how much Pelousy gained in worth 62%, and need 2 million to keep here private jet stocked with booze and snacks. /dems all want the rest to live under the rules they create, but they are exempt. Tom Daschle, Greasy Rangle, Turbo Giethner, the Clinton’s, Ted Kenndy just to mention a few elitist dumbocrap leaders.

    • http://naver samurai

      Don’t forget Barbara, Obama bin Laden, George Soros, and the Hildebeast. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Crystal

    Holy crap!!! I can’t believe it.

    • http://naver samurai

      I know. Isn’t it motivating? Another victory for the patriots and another loss for the traitors and cowards. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

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